Are we Christians? Then we must know this: “We have died to sin”. Yes dear brothers, this thing that we have died to sin is what distinguishes us from the world, I mean, to be a Christian is not to wear a T-shirt that says: “I love you Jesus”. To be a Christian is to demonstrate daily with our lives that we are really Christians, but, beyond what we can show outwardly, there is something much more important, and that is how we are before God.
Remember that the Pharisees and scribes really looked great in their appearances, but inside they were white washed sepulchers, in the same way we must understand that the Christian life goes beyond the exterior, it is based on living a full life in God, which means being dead to sin. Does this mean that we should live sinning? Of course not, but this does mean that when we sin we feel the most miserable people of creation and we regret of that.
The apostle Paul said:
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
In our first paragraphs we already referred to the first two verses, now let’s make a short reference about verses three and four; the apostle says: “We have been baptized in the death of Jesus.” Later he adds: “For we are buried with him by death through baptism, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life” (V.4).
What Christ’s death did on the cross was to bring us to salvation, to take us to the Father, to recover that spiritual life of man with God, therefore, that sacrifice of Christ on the cross so that we can walk or live in a new life.
Brethren, the truth is that we can no longer be the same, we must remove everything that does not please the Lord from our lives, but we must also know that when we sin we have a lawyer called Jesus Christ.