“Consider Yourself!” is part of “A Christ-Centered Identity: Discovering Your God-Given Identity in His Son.” The book is scheduled to be released in February, 2017. You can sign up at www.thegloryofchrist.com/free-book and join the complete book launch.
We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Our union with Jesus isn’t just a theologically engaging thought; rather, it’s a vital reality that we must hold on to. In its very essence, faith is an identification and adherence to this God-wrought union. That’s why the Bible states: “The LORD is my light and my salvation” (Ps. 27:1).
He is our salvation. All that He is, we are in Him. All that He has accomplished, we’ve accomplished in Him. All that He has obtained, we’ve obtained in Him. One is either in Christ, enjoying and experiencing His infinite fullness, or one is “separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12-13).
Throughout this passage in Romans, Paul stated the great gospel truth of having been united to Jesus. We “were baptized into his death” (v. 3), and “were buried therefore with him by baptism into death” (v. 4). God has united us to Christ’s death (v. 5) and, as a result, “our old self was crucified with Him . . . (v. 6). In His death, we’ve “been set free [justified] from sin” (v. 7).
Paul then stated the future blessing of this union: “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him” (v. 8). Basically, if you’ve been united to one aspect of His saving work—His death—you’ve been united to every aspect, including His resurrection.
Since Jesus rose from the dead, “death no longer has dominion over him.” It doesn’t have the last word. He conquered it! As a result, He “cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19), once for all. There’s not one single sin that can be held against us. Therefore, death also doesn’t have any dominion over us anymore. Furthermore, He now fully “lives to God.”
Paul’s reckoning is simple, yet profound: “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Since God has united you to Jesus, you’re “dead to sin” through His death, and “alive to God” through His resurrection. That equation is more simple than one plus one, yet more profound that the greatest mathematical conundrum.
The Devotional Writer