Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Dead and Alive

Dead and Alive: Obedience and the New Man is now in print. You can purchase it on the CCM website. There is a 15% discount for orders through December 1; enter code OBEDIENCE at checkout to get the discount.

This book was written primarily to help new Christians anticipate an obedient, victorious life in Christ. It was also written to encourage defeated Christians who think defeat is normal.

"Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him." (Rom. 6:8)

"For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." (Col. 3:3)

This is the key. Christ’s death and resurrection go together. Because of them, we who have trusted in Jesus have received forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Him. Is there something more than “forgiveness” and “a place among the sanctified”? There is. This book is about that “something more,” which is the third result of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our faith in Him. That result is obedience.

We died with Christ. Our sinful nature was crucified with Him. This is in the past tense. It has happened already.

We have been raised with Christ. We live in Him. We live by the Spirit. We are alive in Christ. This is already true.

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