The death of sin springs from the death of self

Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:3-4

I think we often try and treat the symptoms rather than the disease. We find Christians railing against sin and screaming repentance whose self-life and ego seem to be still very much alive and kicking and doing well.

The death of sin can only truly spring from the death of self. Self must die and then sin has to die for it has no grounds to exist anymore, it has nothing to sustain it anymore and give it “life” if the person is dead to self – all bcos of their faith in Jesus, that they believe they were baptized into His death.

When the self-life, the life of pride, your proud, independent human identity as a person apart from Christ, tries to resurrect then remember that that man was baptized into the death of Christ. The new man is a different man, he is not the same man who died, now you no longer live but Christ lives in you (2 Cor. 5:17, Gal. 2:20).

Man-made Christianity sometimes focuses on the death of sin while bypassing or avoiding the death of self. A preacher may rail against sin and scream repentance while at the same time have one eye in the mirror and still be very much in love with himself and think himself to be a very important person and spend much time promoting himself as someone elite and special. It’s like prescribing Disprin to a patient with terminal cancer. It’s like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Just bcos sin is preached against it doesn’t mean that the death of self is a reality there.

Denying oneself and taking up one’s cross and following Jesus (Luke 9:23) means that thru the bearing of our cross God causes the death of our self. A man carrying a cross is a man walking to his death. We died when we were born again. That’s why we were born again, cos we died. And yet God’s work of conforming us to the death and resurrection of His Son begun on that wonderful day of our new birth (Phil. 3:10).

If sin is still alive in us then it is due to us not being dead to self. Yes, God addresses sin in our life, but He always strikes His ax at the roots of sin, which is self-identity (Luke 3:9). In your deepest inner-man identify yourself as dead to sin and self, buried and risen with Christ, by faith! He must be our full identity, and then He will be our glory!

Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

When you think death of self, think life of Christ within you.

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