DEAD: ALIVE ONLY IN CHRIST III

DEAD: ALIVE ONLY IN CHRIST III
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) – Ephesians 2:4-5
The world is dead in sin. Believers are quickened but meant to be dead to sins. To be dead in sin means:
 To be helpless and lifeless in sin;
 It is to be dominated by sin;
 It is to perpetually live under the influence and the command of sin. The world is perpetually under the influence control of sin. Just like an addict is helplessly tied to the object of his/her addiction; he/she is dominated by and perpetually live under the influence and control of the object of that addiction; the world in under the control of sin that sin does not appear like sin anymore to it.
The Holy Spirit said to us through Apostle Paul that:
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law but under grace.” – Romans 6:14. If a believer in Jesus Christ dwells and lives in sin and claims that he/she did not know how to get out of it. He/she has made God a liar; but God has not lied, will not lie and cannot lie. The ‘power to become’, released to believers at new birth (John 1:12) rules over sin. It empowers believers to live above sin, if the choice is to do that. To be dead in sin is the direct opposite of ‘to be dead to sin’. The former defines the lifestyle in the world while the latter defines the lifestyle in Christ. Therefore, believers’ lifestyle is meant to be a direct opposite of that the world.
For instance, it is a common thing in the Pentecostal circle to have a ‘believer’ change church after having being exposed of consistently engaging in acts of unrighteousness. Changing church is to safe face and appear ‘new’, probably ‘vibrant’ in the new local assembly. Christianity is not an outward demonstration of piety; it is being dead to the world and alive only in Christ. It is allowing Christ to live through you.
Apostle Paul, a man of great revelation by the Holy Spirit said:
“…I die daily” – I Corinthians 15:31
Many people are more concerned about being caught doing what is wrong than the wrong things in what they are engaging in. In other words, if one is not caught doing the wrong, the wrong things are not wrong! It only becomes wrong if one is caught! Speaking in tongues while living in sin is making an empty noise in self-deceit. It is becoming “…a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal”. I Corinthians 13:1
It is important be dead to sin as a believer or to die daily as that great Apostle affirmed.
Scriptures for meditation: Romans 6:6-7
Jesus is Lord!

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