For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)
It is such a blessing to know that we are dead! Paul looks upon Christians and tells them, “you have died.” Each Christian was mysteriously united to the death of Christ. Christ’s death was our death. Each of us, as individual believers, have experienced a spiritual death.
The Bible reveals two things which, being united to His death, we died too:
1. We have died to sin. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin (Romans 6:6-7).
In our death with Christ a decisive break with sin occurred. We are no longer under the ruling power of sin. Before our death we went from one sin to the next. Every attempt to make our lives better was just replacing one idol for another. Love of God was no where to be found. But now, since we have died, we are no longer under the rule of sin. The old man is dead, for we are dead!
“What happens if I don’t feel this way,” you ask. I know the sin which I fight constantly. I fight it and fight it but it never seems to go away! how can I be dead to it?
Often times the Bible does not meet our feelings, instead it instructs our feelings. There was a reason Paul had to tell his readers that they were dead. It was probably because they did not feel like it either. But that is where God comes to us and isntructs us about the reality we are in. As Christians, sin has no rule over us!
Do not believe the lie, which sin tells you, that you are enslaved to it. You are as enslaved to sin as a dead man is enslaved to it. Yes, there is still the fight. There is a reason Paul told his reads just two verse later, “put to death what is earthly in you.” Yet, the reality is that you do not fight as one that is trying to survive. You fight as one who is already victorious! You have died to its power, its rule, its dominion in your life. You have been raised with Christ and hidden in Him! No longer believe the lies that you will have to live forever with this sin. It is already a defeat foe. For you have died!
2. We have died to the law. For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:19-20).
Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God (Romans 7:4).
Here was our problem. We all stood condemn against God’s holy law. The law spoke just condemnation against our rebellion. We were powerless to do anything about it. We were guilty before it. And justice hung over us the death sentence for all this!
Yet, once again in this mysterious union with Christ, we died and the law was satisfied! It wanted our deaths,and it got it. But in an action which cannot be fully gasped by humans. God, in absolute grace, united us to Christ in His death. With our burial with Christ the law saw us undergo the death we deserved. We died, and justice was satisfied!
So why do you go along life thinking that you have to pay the price of your sins child of God? God united you to Christ’s death. The law looks upon you satisfied! “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). The law has as much against you as it does a dead man. The law has no business demanding anything from you anymore. You are dead to it!
Now, you are freed by grace to live for God! There is no fear of condemnation from the sins we wage war against. There is only a loving Father who saved us. And now, by the work of His Spirit, we press on to live for Him and bear fruit for His glory.
Brothers and sisters, rejoice! For you have died!