Living Gospel Death

Believers truly are the living dead! We were crucified and buried but we also now live in Christ.

There is a part of me that is now dead and I now live to reckon that death to be true and legit.

When I put off the old man and put on the new, when I flee fleshly lusts and follow righteousness and holiness, I show the work of Christ in me.

This is the same way people showed faith under the Law.

The two greatest commandments are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself.

These are all-encompassing commands!

You can’t partially love the Lord your God with ALL your heart.

You can’t love your neighbor as yourself if you are loving yourself at the same time!

Unfortunately, even though the Law put forth these beautiful ideals, it provided no power to accomplish them–enter the Holy Spirit.

Gospel faith is all about death.

You can’t live for another if you are living for yourself, so the only answer is to die to self to live for others.

As we love our neighbor we love our God–as you do to the least of these you do to Me.

But understand that apart from faith loving God and loving others is impossible.

Therefore, a man is saved by faith, by the transformation brought on by the Gospel, allowing him, empowering him, to put self to death, to put off selfish desires, to love God and love neighbor.

One thought on “Living Gospel Death”

  1. Bob Dylan has a new record coming out called the “Tempest.” One of the songs is titled “Pay in Blood” one of the lines in the song goes “I’ll pay in blood, but not my own.” A truly humble man knows that it was Another’s blood who was shed for his sinful acts. There was a marketing slogan from years ago that said “image is everything” I think a lot of redeemed men have bought in to that slogan, but we forgot it wasn’t our blood that paid the price for our new “image.”

    We must die to the “image” that we have created that we are better than the others who are still dead in their sins. Self can still rise up when we want to take credit for our new “life” but we need to remember we paid for our salvation in blood, but not our own.

    It is all grace, even the ability to die to self.

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