The New Life
“Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin……..”
“For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.”
“If then you were raised with Christ,
seek those things which are above,
where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. ‘
For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
YES “…………”Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin……..”
BUT “…………Reckon yourselves to be alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
ALIVE UNTO GOD – What glorious words – ALIVE in Christ Jesus our Lord,
ALIVE UNTO GOD – Our Life Hid with Christ in the Father,
ALIVE UNTO GOD – Living – Life – Eternal Life.
“Because I live, you will live also.” John 14:19
ALIVE TO GOD – We who were once alienated from the life of God….
ALIVE TO GOD – We who were once dead in trespasses and sin….
ALIVE TO GOD – We who are now to bring forth the fruit of righteousness…
By the amazing Grace of God – We who were once dead are ALIVE….
ALIVE UNTO GOD -
What a great miracle of regeneration was performed in us -
– and all who believe,
What a wonderful mystery of rebirth was executed in our old sinful former self,
What a supernatural marvel of genesis was accomplished in our salvation,
What a precious gift of grace that we should be called the sons of God.
God called the message of His gracious offering of renewal -
– the Gospel of Grace.
He then caused great news of this miraculous Gift and Deed -
– to be sent to us through Scripture:-
The Written Word proclaiming the Living Word….
The One Who died unto sin that we may be made ALIVE UNTO GOD.
And so we were enabled to hear His Written Word – the Word of God,
And so we were equipped to believe on His Living Word – the Son of God.
And life - eternal life – HIS life became our life,
And we became ALIVE UNTO GOD.
And so our Christian life began, when we became alive unto God.
But its continuance -
Its development -
Its sanctification requires a continuous reckoning….
Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, dead to the law .. but alive to God.
Reckon yourself DEAD..
Reckon yourself ALIVE.
We have to reckon on historical facts, the facts of God’s Written WORD
We have to reckon on experiential facts, the facts of God’s Living WORD
We have passed from death—so reckon yourself DEAD to sin,
We have passed unto life—so reckon yourself ALIVE to God.
We have been crucified with Christ – so reckon yourself crucified in Him
We died In Him as He proclaimed in victory – It Is Finished
We have been risen with Christ – so reckon yourself risen in Him,
We rose In Him as He conquered death – and our life is hid with Christ In God.
And so we no longer live unto ourselves because we belong to the Lord.
We live and move and have our being in Him -
– and so we “Live Unto God”.
We who were made ALIVE unto God, must now LIVE unto God,
We must live to His praise and live to His glory,
We live to display His grace to the principalities and powers in the ages to come!!!
Our chief concerns are to be for HIS interests and His delight.
We are to seek the things of Heaven – the things of Eternity,
Rather than the things of time and space and sense and sight.
Ours is to be an other-worldly life -
A life lived on a different plain,
A life bound by a contrasting set of principles,
A life hid with Christ in God.
“He who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me
has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment,
but has passed from death into life.”John.5:24
For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God,
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh..
I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me
and gave Himself for me.” Gal.2:19-20
“Because I live, you will live also.” John.14:19
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