Good news, You're Dead!



HUH?!

by Edward Langenback

© 01/12/03

Did you know that in a very real way, all Christians are dead? Did you also know that one major source of problems that Christians have in their walk with God is that they are not acting like the dead people that they are? Instead, they are going around behaving as if they were still alive. Paul addressed this in his letter to the Romans:

Romans 6:3, "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?"

Both uses of the word baptized are translated from the Greek baptizo {pronounced bap-tid'-zo} [strongs number 907] and means to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk), to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water, to wash one's self, bathe, to overwhelm

If we stop to remember that Christ is not simply Jesus' last name, it's a Greek Word; Christos {pronounced khris-tos'} [strongs number 5547] and refers to The Anointed One and His Anointing. This means that we can rightly render this verse like this:

"Know ye not (or Don't you know ) that so many of us as were immersed into Jesus The Anointed One and His Anointing were immersed into his death?"

This gives us a picture of what happens when we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We are immersed, submerged and overwhelmed in and by His Spirit. At the same time we are also immersed, submerged and overwhelmed in and by His death. Just as we become partakers of the same Anointing that was on Him, we also become partakers of His death.

Romans 6:4, "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."

Romans 7:4 (Amplified Bible), "Likewise, my brethren, you have undergone death as to the Law through the (crucified) body of Christ, so that now you may belong to Another, to Him Who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God."

By taking part in His death, we are allowing our old man, the carnal self that we were, to die with Jesus on the cross. Therefore all the things that make us unworthy and unfit to enter the Kingdom and family of God are removed from us. This means that we should live as if our lives have begun again, literally as if we have been reborn, or to use another term: "Born Again"

Romans 6:5, "For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:"

By sharing in His death, and allowing our old carnal, worldly, sinfull self to die with Jesus, we are able to rise in a new life just as He rose from the dead in resurrection.

Romans 6:6, "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin."

When our old self is crucified with Him, the tool for sin that we used to be is destroyed so that we no longer have to be servants to sin because that old man, that carnal self has been crucified

Romans 6:7, "For he that is dead is freed from sin."

Think about this for a moment. What is sin? One definition would be It is anything that is contrary to the law of God. Another one is something that the Bible specifically makes clear in Romans 14:23 that "Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.". God's Word also tells us in Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38, and Habakkuk 2:4 that "The just shall live by faith."

To be free from sin means that we are no longer enslaved by it and our own desires to do the very things that we know are wrong, subject to every wind of desire that comes along. Instead, we are able to live as God intended. Only when we are free from sin can we please God. And while sin is often pleasurable for a time, it inevitably leads to death and distruction. Sin gets in the way of any hope that we have of being happy no matter how much 'fun' we have doing those things that, if we're honest with ourselves, are what God has for our own good, told us not to do. Only when we are free from the destructiveness of sin and the 'do it my way no matter what' attidude of sin can we escape the desolation of eternal condemnation and guilt

This is another one of the many things that prove the extent of God's love for us. He knows that our unsaved, carnal nature puts us in opposition to Him and renders us incapable of fulfilling His requirement for absolute righteousness.

Romans 8:7-8, "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."

The worldly mind that we had before we came to know Jesus is not subject to the law of God because it refuses to allow anyone or anything to tell it what to do. This mind considers itself to be the only supreme authority. It refuses to submit it's will to anyone. Therefore those who live to satisfy the lusts of the flesh and the will of the carnal mind can never please God because this mind does not operate based on faith. Instead it thinks and bases decicions on fear, lust and greed. What's more, even if such a person comes to God and says "Jesus, come into my heart." and does not crucify the old man and allow the Spirit of God to live within them, they are not God's children:

Romans 8:9, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his."

Yet thank God there is another side to this coin:

Romans 8:10-11, "And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."

Translate the word 'Christ' and look this one over again. "If The Anointed One and His Anointing be in you . . ." Here is assurance that if we DO have His Spirit within us, then though our old self is dead because of sin, we shall rise from death just the same as Jesus did. When we do, we are literally a new person:

2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Translate 'Christ' again: "Therefore if any man be in The Anointed One and His Anointing, he is a new creature" If we accept His anointing and His spirit lives within us, then we are become totally new people. This new person is then by it's new Godly nature, able to live by faith, hope and love. Living in this way means that we are able to fulfill all of what God expects of us.

Are you tired of being a slave to the sin that can only destroy you? Are you ready to become a new person in The Anointed One Jesus and His Anointing? You have the chance right now to put that old person with their self destructive desires on the cross where they belong.

If you are, then talk to God in prayer. Be honest with Him and yourself. Face the truth of who and what you really are all the way deep inside where nobody ever gets to look. Then ask God to forgive you for your sins and give all of that over to God. Don't try to hold any of it back, just let that old person die. Then ask God to fill the newly created and still empty person that you have become with His Holy Spirit. Right away offer up the sacrifice of Praise. Rejoice! Give thanks! You have just been given the ultimate gift.you are now a new person with a fresh start and adopted into the family of God.