It’s funny how many Christians cling to the law. They will tell you that you’re saved by Grace but here’s your list of do’s and don’ts. Essentially they are telling you to be discipled by the law. But here’s the deal: the law has no effect on a dead man. You cannot prosecute a dead man for murder. You cannot even prosecute a man for a jaywalking ticket if he’s dead.
So, here’s the Good News: as far as sin is concerned — because you were reborn in Christ — you’re dead!
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. (Colossians 2:13-15 ESV)
In other words, sin cannot even bring an accusation against you!
Can I share something else while I’m here? In old pulp fiction novels, there’s a well-worn cliché, “dead men tell no tales.” So, if you’re dead to sin and God said He will remember your sins no more (Hebrews 10:17), why do saints try and confess what they’re dead to and what God, Himself, said He doesn’t remember!
Truth is, that because the strength of sin is the law — and Paul called the law “the ministry of death” (2 Corinthians 3:7) — the law has no power over you, either!
There are some that will tell you that you must die daily (1 Corinthians 15:31) or that you must crucify your flesh on a regular basis.
I’ve heard the old religious cliché, “we must crucify our flesh daily,” so, for the sake of this message, I looked it up.
Know what I found? Nothing.
As for what Paul was talking about in 1 Corinthians 15:31 — he put himself in jeopardy of natural death on a daily basis because of what he was preaching.
Just. That. Simple.
Think about it, if you have to crucify your flesh on a regular basis, it renders Jesus’ sacrifice as void.
Watch this: right after Paul talks about the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), he says something of critical importance to every believer:
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)
Do you see that? Have crucified. Done. Past-tense. Accomplished. If Jesus accomplished your crucifixion, there’s no need for you to crucify anything. To suggest as much is an insult to His Finished Work! We are crucified (sacrificed) with Him. Here’s what the author of Hebrews had to say:
Then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:9-10)
While we’re here, there’s another passage of Scripture that has been grossly misinterpreted:
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13)
Religion has used this verse to encourage self-flagellation of the Saints. But if you look closely, we are to put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit — that is, the Holy Spirit.
If you try to put the deeds of the flesh to death by your own efforts or even by the law, you will fail!
One more thing before I wrap this up, no one is saved by baptism. Baptism is merely an outward demonstration of an inward work. However, your baptism is a testimony to the world that you are dead to sin and the law.
Think about it this way, when you receive Jesus, you write your own obituary. When you are baptized, your death to sin and the law and your resurrection in Christ is published for the world to see!
By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:2-4)
Here’s the bottom line: once you are born-again, you die to sin and the law. That’s it. Done Deal.
Now that we’ve wrapped this up, let’s put a bow on it:
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, (Hebrews 9:27)
When you’re Born-Again, you die with Christ and are judged with Him. Because He took all our sins upon Himself and was judged righteous because of it, we, too, are judged righteous.
In other words, when you’re Born-Again, you did all the dying you’re ever going to do!
©2014 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)