Summary: Are we dead to Christ or are we dead to sin? We determine which one and to what level.
Dead Man Walking
I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Romans 6:6-7
n The Greek word “crucified” used in these two passages is only used elsewhere when mentioning the two thieves who were crucified alongside of Jesus. Therefore, it denotes sharing in the death of Jesus.
n It speaks of a dying to ourselves – our flesh.
n Everyone is dead to either the things of God or the things of the world.
n Everyone is a “dead man walking”. What are you dead to?
1. What is Death?
a. Dying to someone or something means to be totally separated from that person or thing.
b. When you are dead to something it means that you are non-existent to that and that is non-existent to you.
c. You are dead to Christ when you can live your life the way you want and have no feeling of guilt or conviction.
d. You are dead to sin when you can overcome the desire for sin and you hate sin in your life and in the lives of others.
2. Are You Dead to Christ?
a. Read Genesis 2:17
b. Sin is that which causes separation and death from Christ (Isaiah 59:2).
c. The enemy will tempt us by offering us fruit of deception and sin in order to bring death to our lives.
d. Every decision we make is an opportunity to draw closer to or further from God and His presence.
e. Sin is anything that Jesus would never do, and it always serves to separate us from God and bring death into our lives.
f. The outcome of sin is always death. At the moment of our sin, we become dead to Christ until we repent and are restored.
3. Are You Dead to Sin?
a. God separates us from sin.
b. We must get to the point where we hate sin. The level of our love for God should correlate with our level of hatred for sin.
c. “There is no sharing in the salvation and glory of His cross without turning our backs on all the earthly pleasures that draw our hearts away from Christ and His nearness” (Full Life Study Bible notes).
d. Read Galatians 6:14
4. You Determine Your Death.
a. Read Romans 6:11
b. Sin separates us from God and God separates us from sin. Whichever one we are drawn to, we will find ourselves more separated from the other.
c. Death to sin can only come through repentance.
d. Read Proverb 28:13
e. God is attracted to the death of our flesh.
5. God is Looking for Dead Men Walking.
a. You can’t hurt or affect a dead man.
b. It is time for the body of Christ to become dead to the world and alive to Christ.
c. There is a freedom in death that can never be attained in life.
d. Read Romans 8:13
e. Only you can determine your type and level of death.