11th March, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: DEAD TO SIN, ALIVE IN CHRIST!
Colossians 3:3 (KJV)
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Today’s theme Scripture is a follow up on yesterday’s. We were admonished yesterday, that, if we are risen with Christ, then, we should seek and set our affection on heavenly things, and not on earthly things.
The verse 3 gives us the reason for such admonishment. It begins by saying, “For ye are dead..” Dead to what? Romans 6:2 (KJV) says, “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” We are dead to sin! To be dead to sin, is to be unresponsive to sin. Death means, separation. We can no longer yield ourselves to sin because we are separated from it. We are dead to sin, but alive in Christ, that’s why the next line says, “...and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Though we are dead, we are alive! This sounds paradoxical, but it simply means, the only reason for living is Christ! We have no other business here on earth than to live for Christ. No matter our vocation on earth, we’re to let the beauty of Jesus be seen in us through that vocation. No wonder Apostle Paul says in Philippians 1:21 (NKJV), “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Apostle Paul’s conviction was that, if we live for any other reason other than Christ, then, physical death is gain. He was so dead to sin, he had nothing to live for in this world. He said in Galatians 2:20 (KJV), “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Indeed, he was dead to sin, but alive in Christ!
We ought to have the same conviction! We ought to live with the same mentality, that, we’re dead to sin, but alive in Christ. It is this conviction and mentality which drives us to long for Christ and His coming. Hallelujah!