The power of the “exchanged life”

If you died with Christ, you can also walk in newness of life with Him.

Have you ever considered what a difference dying would make in your life?  

Just think about it for a minute.  No, I’m not talking about suicide.   But I am referring to the profound change that can occur when the life of the sinful flesh is dealt a death blow.

Does an alcoholic wrestle with his habit in the grave?  Does a person in debt fret about mortgage payments after death? Does a corpse concern herself with how she looks in other people’s eyes?  Does an angry man keep yelling after his last breath?  The answer is “no” to all the above. 

If it were only possible to die to the sinful nature without ceasing to live nowWouldn’t that conceivably make some marked change in your experience?

The Apostle Paul tells us that this is exactly what has happened to the genuine Christian:  “I am crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…” (Gal 2:20)

It’s not something you can “mature into” or finally achieve.  Though growth in experiencing this grace is to be expected.  It’s a historical and spiritual fact to be believed and received NOW.  The Holy Spirit must help us understand that just a certainly as Jesus died on the Cross, our old life was put to death in His death.  As this light breaks, and faith rises in our hearts, we come to realize in personal experience what is already a historical fact. 

A prayer:

“Father, help us to see more of the glorious salvation that you have provided for us in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  Grant to us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the true knowledge of Christ, so that we might lay hold of that which is life indeed and escape the corruption in this world through lust.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

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