"We Do Not Die Daily"

MF Blume

1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

What believers mean when they say, "We die daily like Paul," is somewhat correct.
Paul was talking about the physical resurrection in this chapter of Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 15:3-8 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
Jesus really and actually resurrected physically.

Paul addressed the issue that some did not believe in the physical resurrection of the saints.

1 Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
Paul pointed out in this chapter the truth that Jesus physically resurrected and that actually affects our futures. But Christ has risen from the grave.
1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
He is the firstfruits of them that rise. In Speaking of this subject, Paul began to talk about his perils and persecutions in ministry.
1 Corinthians 15:30-32 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.
Paul told us that he physically risked his neck everyday in ministry. His perils were so severe that he often came to close to literal death. Dying spiritually had nothing to do with fighting the beasts at Ephesus. But in regards to dying for sin, there is an entirely different truth. Jesus Christ died once and we were put into His single death by baptism.
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
We were planted in the likeness of HIS death in order for us to experience His resurrection.
Romans 6:4-5 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. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
That made His death our deaths! We died with Jesus Christ.

If we really "get" this message, we will truly live and fully enjoy the resurrected life.

Repeatedly, Paul asked the Romans in this chapter, "Know ye not?"

The answer to the question of "How can I live that kind of resurrected life right now?" is found in verse 6.

We can live like that if we know something and understand. KNOWING THIS. We must know these two points:
  1. We must know that dying with Jesus makes us rise into newness of life. This is speaking about a QUALITY OF LIFE.
  2. We must know that we rise into newness of life in order to not serve sin.
So many people think it is impossible to live above sin. We do not die daily to sin. It is like a man who slaved in a job for years and is promoted to an executive office job and is not informed. Too many believers are not studying their Bibles!!

When that man finds out he no longer has to slave, he'll act like he does not have to slave.

So many live defeated lives because they do not expect anything more.


The manner in which we can live in the likeness of His resurrection is by knowing that we died SO THAT WE DO NOT HAVE TO SERVE SIN.

  1. You are already dead.
  2. You are dead in order that you not serve sin.
That is the entire reason for dying with Christ.
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Romans 6:6 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.

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

Galatians 2:20 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.

I heard the song "I am Crucified With Christ" and listened intently to see if the writers knew the truth of Galatians 2:20, and that we already are dead, past tense, with Christ, and have no need of dying again to sin. We do not have to serve sin because we are freed from sin since we died with Christ.

You do not die daily, because you only had to die ONCE unto sin, and that occurred already because you died with Christ.

Verse 6 says that our old man is crucified.

And here is where everyone asks, "Why did I sin today if I am dead to sin and do not have to serve sin?" Many have been told that believers will always sin and therefore you accepted that.

It is a lie!

Romans 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Notice that verse 8 takes it for granted that we are not DYING with Christ, but that we are DEAD. Jesus died once to sin. When he died, He died ONCE to sin. Verse 9 does not say "Christ dieth." Notice the very first word of verse 11. How can we say we are dead and ever alive now? After we read all of this, we then read:
Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Sin will look at you and say, "Oh no! He found out!!"
1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
The idea of daily dying to sin totally neglects the truths of Romans 6.
Hebrews 9:27-28 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Christ died only ONCE since it is only appointed unto us to die once in order to pay the penalty of sin. WE DO NOT DIE DAILY. When Paul spoke of his baptism into death in verse 29, he referred to the fact that we are going to resurrect physically one day, and baptism is always a precursor to resurrection.