Most people don’t want to die. We instinctively want to survive. Ironically, God requires death from every believer. We must die to sin!
The Apostle Peter wrote, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” (1 Pet. 2:24). Since Christ gave His life for us, we should do the same for Him by dying to sin. In practical terms, this means to stop living in habitual sin.
Consider some related passages . . .
Death to sin is called crucifixion. It’s a slow, painful, even humiliating death. Yet we can do it. Galatians 5:24 says, “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
According to the passages above, we cannot find salvation unless four things are true . . .
These facts lead to four important questions:
- When does God view me as uniting with Christ in His death?
- When does God view me as crucified with Christ?
- At what point in my faith do I die to sin?
- At what point in my faith do I die with Christ?
We’ll answer all these questions in my next article.