Wanted Dead Yet Alive

Something dies when we become a Christian, and we need to bury it and keep it dead.  We also become alive at salvation.  When we come to Christ, we’re raised out of spiritual death and made alive.  Everybody here can be saved.  We may feel deeply buried in sins, but Jesus can dig us out and bring us to life.  What statements these are about what we are and should be!

I Peter 2: 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Jesus wants us so much that he suffered on the tree for us.  Before we thought about giving our heart to him, he died for us.  He took our sins upon his body for one reason:  he wanted us.  It’s not God’s will that any perish.  We have all been died for.  We all can be saved.  Jesus did no sin but took sin for us.  His body was just like ours.  He had the same conflicts we do yet no guile was found in him.  He did not speak back to his revilers.  We have a Savior who wants us because he loves us.  I’m thankful to have such a Savior!  He was threatened but did not return with threats.  He had power to take it away but he stayed on the cross.  He wants us to be in heaven not hell.  If you’re not saved, it’s time to get saved.  If you’re saved, you should show your appreciation by yielding to his desires and not your own.  There is nothing worthy in us to demand anything of him, but he deserves our all. Whatever he says do, we should do.

Sin is a deadly poison that all need to be rescued from.  God came to the jailhouse in Philippi while Paul and Silas sang.  He opened the doors to the cells.  The jailer was going to kill himself until Paul told him they were all there.  His response was “what must I do to be saved?”  Paul told him to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. He and his family were saved and baptized.  Something died in them:  their sins.

When we trust Jesus the old man passes away.  He’s dead.  Sin doesn’t have to have dominion over us.  If Jesus has forgiven you, focus on living for him.  When the urge comes to sin recognize the devil trying to pull your old man out of the grave.  Kick him down.  You can serve the flesh and pay the price or you can serve the Lord, live right, and keep the old man under subjection.  Jesus is Lord of life not death.  Don’t think worldly, carnally, and sinfully.  If you do sin, call on God because you have an advocate with the Father in Jesus Christ.  Let’s live for the Lord not the devil and flesh.  Live the way the Master wants.  Keep your foot on the old man.  Say no to him and be alive unto Jesus.

Colossians 3:3 says for ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  That means we’re not just church goers.  We are people of God who should not live in sin.  We are to yield our bodies as instruments for God.  Trust Jesus Christ and by him we are able to do it.  We can’t do it by ourselves.  Jesus gets it right for us.  We have choices every day.  We need to make up our minds to put the past behind us.  Reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to God.  Trust in him and we’ll overcome this world.

We have treasures in heaven.  We’ll always be rich even if we don’t have a dollar in our pocket.  He’s the King of Kings, the Master of the Sea, the Great Physician.  He is All in All and we can be alive to God and dead to sin.  Life counts when it is lived for God.  You matter to God and his Son.  He cared enough to die for us.  The gospel means good news.  It is good news to be saved and whatever comes on the morrow, we can keep a lid on the old man.

We don’t have to sin.  However, if we do, Jesus will pick us up if we confess it to him.  Keep that old man down. Be the new creature that God made us when we got saved.  Verse 24 says that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.

If you’re dead in your sins, Jesus can bring you out.  Let’s live for the Lord.  You’re wanted dead yet alive!

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