mikehill4jesus “Death to sin is the opposite of Death in sin.”
27th September 2016 (9.22) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
The Apostle Paul taught in Romans 6:6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, [Or be rendered powerless] that we should no longer be slaves to sin – 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
The 3 Stages of Life for a Person who enters Heaven
To the Cross. Dead in Sin which implies living for self, or being dead to God’s glory and interests and only alive to our own glory.
At the Cross. Fulfilling the requirement of the Gospel of Jesus.
After the Cross. Dead to Sin implies the reverse of Dead in Sin. It implies a death to our own interests and happiness as an end of pursuit, and a living wholly to the glory of God, and for the up-building of his kingdom.
Churchianity is Christianity with the Lord Jesus removed. In that the professing Unconverted Christian follows a variation of Christianity. They love themselves and not the Lord, manifested by their refusal to obey the Lord’s teachings and commands. John 14:24. False Christians do not get past the Cross and enter Hell!
Christianity, that puts the Lord Jesus first, is totally different to Churchianity. In that the Spiritually Converted Christian loves their Lord and because of their love for Him, they seek earnestly to learn and put into practice “OBEY” His teachings and commands. John 14:23. True Christians complete all 3 Stages and enter Heaven.
The members of Churchianity may argue this point, but they always fail. Death to sin consists in the annihilation of selfishness, and the reign of perfect love to God and man in the heart and life. You will not see this in professing Christians who remain Dead in Sin by refusing to obey the teachings of the Lord Jesus – their choice is to remain selfish.
I have a webpage on this subject about what is a true Christian, so will not repeat it in this Blog.
I. Different kinds of death.
1. Natural death. This is the death of the body.
2. Spiritual death. This is death in sin. It is total depravity or a state of entire alienation from God.
3. Eternal death. This consists in the endless curse of God.
4. Death to sin.
II. The kind of death mentioned in the text.
The death here spoken of is manifestly a death to sin. This is very evident from the context. At the close of the preceding chapter, Paul had been speaking of the super-abounding grace of Christ, and commences the sixth chapter by saying, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein?” Here Paul is speaking of those who were alive and yet dead to sin,[.] He spoke of their having received a baptism into the death of Christ. By their spiritual baptism they had been solemnly set apart or consecrated to the death of Christ. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; 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. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now, if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:” He speaks of them as not only dead, but, by their spiritual baptism buried into the death of Christ. And to carry the idea of their being still farther from the life of sin, He speaks of them as being planted into the likeness of his death, and crucified with Him that the body of sin might be destroyed. And then adds in the words of the text, “Now he that is dead is freed from sin.” In the margin it reads “is justified from sin.” The term here rendered justification may be rendered “is made righteous.”
It is plain from this connection, that Paul is speaking of those who had been so baptized by the Holy Spirit so as to be dead to sin, buried, planted, crucified, as it respects sin.
III. What it consists in.
Summarily, death to sin consists in the annihilation of selfishness, and the reign of perfect love to God and man in the heart and life.
The Gospel of Jesus that many Christian Leaders need to use.
The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit without which we are just playing at Christianity.
My Tribute to the Rev Ken and Jean Newton, once of Wholeness Ministries International in Southport, Nr Brisbane, Australia.