"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:11
I remember back in the 1980's when my great grandmother Lois use to take a nap on her bed I would walk through her bedroom and sometimes say something to her when I knew she was either sleeping or trying to sleep and she would murmur something to the effect that she wasn't in the mood to talk because she was "dead to the world." By this she meant she was very tired and sleeping soundly until I disturbed her sleep with my loquacious lips. How insensitive of me now that I think back upon my ways. It's true I loved to talk then as I do now but there's a time for everything including a time to be dead to the world and cease from actively engaging with the world.
If you are a Christian you should know that we are in a Biblical sense dead to the world in that we are no longer in love with the world or the things of the world neither are we in love with sin for we have ceased from doing evil and learned to do well. Before our conversion we were dead in sins but now we are made alive in Jesus Christ by the faith of the Son of God who translated us from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of His dear Son.
At one time we were dead to doing any good. We could not please God who is good because we were living in the flesh and pleasing ourselves. (Romans 8:7-8) We were walking according to our own desires and the desires of our father the Devil. When the grace of God appeared in our life and gripped us and changed us, giving us a new heart and making us new creatures, (2 Cor. 5:17) then we became alive in Christ and to Christ to do the things which please our Lord and Savior.
Here's how the apostle Paul described his experience "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood." Galatians 1:15-16
NOTE: Our regeneration and effectual calling unto salvation is when it pleases God. We can not will ourselves into God's kingdom but must be put there by the sovereign Lord who draws us by His love and gives us a new heart with new desires and puts a new song in our mouth so that we may live and sing praises to our redeemer as a new creation or creature created by the eternal God Himself. This is a wonderful work of redemption.
It is a most gracious work of our Sovereign God to be dead to the world and dead to sin so that we might be alive in and to Jesus Christ If it were not for this great work of salvation in the soul of the believer we would still be chasing after the world and all the pleasures therein. We would be wasting our lives and
energies on things that are not worth dying for because they are not worth living for.
Many today profess that they know the Lord but in works they deny Him being in love with pleasures of all sorts including sports, gambling, fashion, entertainment, racing, boxing, dancing, rock music and other worldly enticements which sear the conscience and deaden the soul to the things of Jesus Christ.
Such individuals are not dead to the world but they are very much alive to the world and to sin so that they live in pleasure and are so unmindful of the things of the Spirit of Christ which they profess deceiving themselves. Such people must come to their senses and see themselves as lost miserable sinners under condemnation for their many practicing sins which they commit
with a wicked heart.
Sin takes many forms and one way for sin to take hold of a person is by a love of this world. This doesn't mean one is unappreciative of the creation as a direct manifestation of God's wisdom and power but rather a love for man made objects which are designed to distract the soul from worshiping and paying full respect to God to whom all fear, respect and honor are to be given.
As a remedy to worldliness meditate and memorize 1 John 2:15 "Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."
What this verse is saying is that the love of the Father and the love of the world are diametrically opposed to one another so that if a person loves the world he or she demonstrates that they do not truly love the Father though they may claim to do so. Hereby we may test and examine ourselves by this verse. There are many others in 1 John to test our profession of faith to see if it is genuine. Perhaps we will examine this at another time.
Every professing believer in Jesus Christ ought reckon themselves dead indeed unto sin but alive to Christ. This is not to say that Christians are in actuality sinless but in their life they do not practice sin or rebellion. They may stumble as a person stumbles who can not see clearly because the path is dark. So much the more we ought to walk in the light as He is in the light so that we may see clearly the path set before us and so
keep on the straight and narrow way for "there is a way that seems right to a man but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 16:25
There is only one way we are to walk and that is in the straight and narrow way which leads to eternal life. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and nobody comes to the Father except by Him. John 14:6
As Matthew Henry as so aptly described the meaning of this verse in Romans 6:11,
. "To converse with God, to have a regard to him, a delight in him, a concern for him, the soul upon all occasions carried out towards him as towards an agreeable object, in which it takes a complacency: this is to be alive to God. The love of God reigning in the heart is the life of the soul towards God. Anima est ubi amat, non ubi animat--The soul is where it loves, rather than where it lives. It is to have the affections and desires alive towards God. Or, living (our live in the flesh) unto God, to his honour and glory as our end, by his word and will as our rule--in all our ways to acknowledge him, and to have our eyes ever towards him; this is to live unto God.--Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Christ is our spiritual life; there is no living to God but through him. He is the Mediator; there can be no comfortable receivings from God, nor acceptable regards to God, but in and through Jesus Christ; no intercourse between sinful souls and a holy God, but by the mediation of the Lord Jesus. Through Christ as the author and maintainer of this life; through Christ as the head from whom we receive vital influence; through Christ as the root by which we derive sap and nourishment, and so live. In living to God, Christ is all in all. (3.) It is to yield ourselves to God, as those that are alive from the dead."
Let us therefore be dead to sin and to the world and alive to Christ Jesus our Lord suffering for Him and counting it all joy to be partakers of the beloved redeemer who shed His precious blood for His people that we might be partakers of His inheritance.
Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching.
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