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1 Corinthians 15:31
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
Paul was talking about the physical
resurrection in this chapter of Corinthians.
- But this terminology is
wrong in describing what they mean to say.
- When they say that they
"die daily," it is not what Paul was talking about in this portion of scripture.
- They are trying to say
that we must deny ourselves.
- They are correct intheir
- Let us not think that
we can continue in sin after we are saved.
- However, it is incorrect
for us to say we must "die daily" when we mean that we must deny ourselves.
- The Bible repeatedly says
that crucifixion with Christ is a PAST TENSE experience to those saved.
- Denial of self is an ongoing
process, but not so with death with Christ.
- Taking our crosses and
following the Lord is ongoing, but actual crucifixion is speaking about another
issue, and that is an issue that is completed already.
- We die ONCE with Christ
- The entire context of the
chapter is not speaking about self denial when he said he died daily.
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
Jesus really and actually resurrected
Paul addressed the issue that
some did not believe in the physical resurrection of the saints.
1 Corinthians 15:12
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
But Christ has risen from the
- If Jesus is not literally
risen in a physical sense then we will not rise, and there will be nothing
after this present life.
- If there is no physical
resurrection of the church, then our only lives will only be the ones that
we are experiencing right now, which will all end one day.
1 Corinthians 15:17-19 And if Christ be not raised, your faith
is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in
Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of
all men most miserable.
1 Corinthians 15:20
is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
He is the firstfruits of them
In Speaking of this subject,
Paul began to talk about his perils and persecutions in ministry.
- Firstfruits means that there
are more to come.
- More will literally rise
from the dead in times ahead.
1 Corinthians 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ
the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
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.
- His perils caused him to
expect to die every day that he awoke, ready to preach the Gospel regardless
of the risk. It was as though he died daily. He accepted the fact that
he would die at any given day. And that is what he referred to.
- He woke each morning, fully
ready to die should the perils lead him to that end.
- He was not hesitant to
preach the Gospel due to the danger of being killed in perscution.
- He was ready to die every
day, so much so that he died daily in his own heart, having accepted the possibility..
- He was speaking of himself,
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.
- Baptism into Christ made
Christ's death our deaths.
- We were grafted onto Him.
- United to Him.
- Our Old Man is crucified
(PAST TENSE) with Him.
- The work of killing
us in regards to our old lives is FINISHED.
- But that does not mean
there is no more work of God to do in our lives in conforming us more into
- The finsihed work only
regards the entire removal of our old creaturehood, to be made new creatures.
- We still must learn
to live above sin now that we are dead and risen again with Christ.
- The finished work does
not mean that my salvation has no further effect on my Christianity!
- BUt the entire work of
crucifying me has been complete.
- What work needs to be done
now is upon my new existence that I may behave more righteously.
- And that is the work of
renewing my minds and denying my flesh-urges.
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.
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?"
- This is talking about spiritual
resurrection, and not physical resurrection as seen in 1 Corinthians 15.
- Verse 5 says that we were
planted into His death for the whole purpose of living his resurrection.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together
in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
- How can we live like that?
How can we live such a victorious life described by Paul as resurrected from
the dead, where verses 6 and 14 say that we have victory over sin?
- There is a stipulation.
- You will only enjoy that
kind of victorious life if you UNDERSTAND and have KNOWLEDGE regarding the
reason we indeed have victory.
- Otherwise it will seem
so outlandish that you will not believe it is possible. And if you do not
believe it, you will not expect it.
Hose 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack
The answer to the question of
"How can I live that kind of resurrected life right now?" is found in verse
We can live like
that if we know something and understand. KNOWING THIS.
- We see verse 5 state that
we can live in the likeness of His resurrection right now.
- And that poses a question.
- How can that be so?
- Verse 6 reasons out why
we can live in his resurrection.
- It is by knowing something.
- And here is the answer:
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.
We must know
these two points:
- Paul said
that if we know we died with Him, for the purpose of not serving sin, then
we will live in a resurrected life.
- You cannot
enjoy what you do not know you CAN enjoy.
So many people
think it is impossible to live above sin.
- We must
know that dying with Jesus makes us rise into newness of life. This is speaking
about a QUALITY OF LIFE.
- We must
know that we rise into newness of life in order to not serve sin.
We do not die
daily to sin.
- Some even
- But such
people do not know the very thing Paul said we must come to know if we want
that kind of victory.
- And since
these preachers and people do not believe it, they will not expect it.
It is like a
man who slaved in a job for years and is promoted to an executive office
job and is not informed.
- We REMIND
OURSELVES DAILY that we are already dead to it, with Christ.
Too many believers
are not studying their Bibles!!
- It is displayed
on the bulletin board, but he did not read it.
- So he continues
to go to the slavery.
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 TRUTH SHALL
MAKE YOU FREE.
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.
That is the entire
reason for dying with Christ.
- You are
- You are
dead in order that you not serve sin.
ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were
baptized into his death?
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.
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
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.
We do not have to serve sin because
we are freed from sin since we died with Christ.
- But then I heard them sing,
"This daily dying..."
- They missed it!
- "I am crucified with Christ"
does not mean we are presently BEING crucified with Christ.
- It means we already were
crucified with Him -- once.
- It is a done deal.
You do not die daily, because
you only had to die ONCE unto sin, and that occurred already because you died
Verse 6 says that our old man
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.
- ANSWER: If we do not know
we died with Him for the purpose of not serving sin, then we will have expected
- And we usually find a way
of doing something we expect to do.
- We were so bound by sin
before we were saved, that there was no way to cease from sin.
- And after we are saved,
we still have that ingrained within our hearts.
- We EXPECT to sin.
- But when we realize that
we do not have to serve sin because we died with Christ, and that we are free
from sin, then we will start to stand upon that promise.
- We will discover it is
- But let me warn you that
you probably have this false idea so ingrained in you still, that you will
have a hard time removing yourself from a rut of expecting to sin.
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.
- We are dead WITH Him.
- If that is true, and the
Bible says it is definitely true, then we will live with Him, too.
- Verse 4 says we were buried
with Him for the purpose of being raised into that resurrection life with
- After reading verse 8,
we might ask ourselves "Why are we raised with Christ? How is that so?"
- Verses 9 through to 11
explain why this is true.
Romans 6:9 Knowing that Christ being
raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion
When he died, He died ONCE to
- When He resurrected, He
would never die again.
- Death had no more dominion
Romans 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto
sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Verse 9 does not say "Christ
- It was only necessary to
die one time only.
- And he died (past tense),
but He LIVETH (this term denotes ongoing and forevermore).
Notice the very first word of
- If it did, then we daily
die, and will ever die.
- But it said HE LIVETH and
- Living is ever.
- Death was done ONCE.
- Christ died ONCE.
Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon
ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
How can we say we are dead and
ever alive now?
- What this is saying is
that IN THE SAME MANNER that Christ died ONCE (v. 10), and being
dead He ever LIVETH (v.10), we are dead INDEED unto sin.
- IN the same manner Christ
died once, we died once with Him.
- In the same manner He
LIVETH, we are ALIVE unto God.
- "ALIVE UNTO GOD" refers
to present tense.
- There is no present DYING
- It is a one time event,
in the same manner it was with Jesus.
- As it was with Him, so
it is with us.
After we read all of this, we
- THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR
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!!"
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.
- We do not read, "We are
being crucified with Christ," nor "We crucifieth," as though it is ongoing.
- We are dead and
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.
- If we have to die daily,
then never in this life is sin's penalty paid for.
- And we know that ONE DEATH
of Jesus Christ forever paid the price for sin.
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.
- We do carry
our crosses daily in denial of the flesh.
- But we are not
- Carrying a cross and being
crucified are two different things.
- We carry a cross to deny
- We are crucified to die
- TWO DIFFERENT THINGS ALTOGETHER.
1Corinthians 15:29 Else what shall they do which are baptized
for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for
- Paul said, "Why in the world
would any of us be baptized into Christ's death if we do not expect a resurrection
as Christ was resurrected?"
- Verse 29 is not meant to
explain what kind of death Paul experienced daily in verse 31.
- We do not daily couting
our baptism as having authority over our lives and counting our carnal man
- Paul's jeopardy, in verse
30, was literal threats of his natural and physical life.
- We mortify the deeds of
our bodies, but that does not mean we are crucified everytime we face a threatening
sin that urges us to yield to it and sin.
- We were crucified ONCE.
- Counting ourselves dead
is not dying daily.
- It is daily recalling and
reminding ourselves that we are already dead.
- And that is not even the
context of Paul's words in 1 Cor. 15.
- He spoke of literal death
and literal resurrection from the grave in this chapter.
- Not spiritual death by