Monday, 3 July 2017

'ARE YOU DEAD WITH HIM'?

"It is a faithful saying; for if we be dead with Him, we shall live with Him" - 2 Timothy 2:11
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Are you dead with Him? What does it mean to be dead with Him?
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To be dead with Him, Jesus explained it this way in John 12:24; "Verily, verily, I say to you, except a corn of a wheat fall into the ground and die; it abides alone, but if it die, it brings forth much fruit".
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To fall to the ground means to lay down one's life (sacrifice) for a cause or a person. To die means to give up one's life in totality (surrender) for that cause or person.
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Jesus later said that but if it die, it will bring forth much fruit. But if it doesn’t die, it will remain fruitless. Are you dead with Christ? Meaning that have you surrendered your life totally to Christ?
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It is only a surrendered life that can give Jesus his or her time, money, sleep, hands, feet, voice, lips, intellect, will, heart, love and his or her life completely just as Havergal wrote in his hymn, "Take my life and let it be".
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Don't think you can live with Christ if you haven't surrendered everything to Him. A surrendered life (dead) is not about confessing Him as your Lord and savior, everyone has done that or is doing it but it is a life that's living for no other cause or person other than Christ.
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A surrendered life is a life that has yielded totally to Christ; a life freed from sin (Rom. 6:7) where sin doesn't reign in his/her mortal body.
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A life that is dead with him is a life that obeys righteousness and shun sin. A life that is not dead won't win any soul for Christ.
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Being dead with Christ isn't about being religious, it's about being completely sold out to Christ. Are you dead with Christ? Think on it!


By Adeniyi Tim Oluwamayowa.

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