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Christ Died for Us #1394

6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6–8, NKJV)

Without strength. Ungodly. Sinners. Such was our spiritual condition when Christ died for us. We are impotent to save ourselves from our sins. Ungodliness is powerless to cleanse the ungodly. Sinners are incapable of freeing themselves from the bondage of sin. We were neither righteous nor good when Christ died for us. That Christ died for us cannot be attributed to our own righteousness or goodness. It can only be ascribed to the great and matchless love of God. The defining trait of God’s love is that He sent His Son to die for us when we were His unloving, unlovable enemies (Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:10). The depth of God’s love for us compels us to love one another, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11). Love is not merely stated, it is demonstrated. God has shown us true love. Now, let us go and love as He has loved us.

Death and Life #843

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3, NKJV)

Our reason for fixating our minds on spiritual, eternal things (“things above,” Col. 3:2) is stated here. When we were “buried with Him in baptism” the “body of the sins of the flesh” was cut off (Col. 2:11-12). We died to sin and its worldly corruption (Col. 2:20). Now, we no longer live in sin (Rom. 6:2, 4, 6-7). We commit ourselves to a life of sustained faithfulness, because our whole outlook on life changed when we died to sin. A life that is hidden with Christ in God is one that is faithful and true to God every day. Christians thank God for our new life; He has freed us from sin and death. Now we live with Christ, and Christ lives in us (Gal. 2:20).