Dead or Alive

Posted by James Keller on OA8er @ 8:33 AM

Romans 6:11(ESV) 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 

Which would you rather be: Dead or Alive?  Notice that we are not given the option of being dead and alive.  It is one or the other.  You are either dead to God and alive to sin or you are dead to sin and alive to God.  Actually, you are either dead in sin and dead towards God or you are dead to sin and alive by God.

God is clear in his Bible that sin = death. 

Romans 6:23a (GW) 23  The payment for sin is death.

Ephesians 2:1 (GW) 1  You were once dead because of your failures and sins.

Colossians 2:13a (GW) 13  You were once dead because of your failures and your uncircumcised corrupt nature.

Yet God is equally clear that Jesus = life

John 14:6 (GW)6  Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me.

Romans 6:23 (GW)23  The payment for sin is death, but the gift that God freely gives is everlasting life found in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 1:4 (GW) 4  He was the source of life, and that life was the light for humanity.

John 3:36 (GW)36  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life. Instead, he will see God's constant anger.”

John 6:35 (GW) 35  Jesus told them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never become hungry, and whoever believes in me will never become thirsty.

So, sin=death and Jesus=life.  the choice is clear, isn’t it?  Yet too many of us want to play both sides.  We like the sin but want the life.  Is that possible?

Revelation 3:15-16 (GW)15  I know what you have done, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot. 16  But since you are lukewarm and not hot or cold, I'm going to spit you out of my mouth.

No, you must be either one or the other.  If you try to be both, you will only be dead.

Why would you want to be dead?  Especially when Jesus gives life?  Choose life!

Christ’s slave,

Pastor jim

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