by L. E. Maxwell
Everything below, except for boxes, hymns and the personal prayers in red, is quoted from this precious little book published in 1945.
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
"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." Romans 6:1-4
Every believer has been baptized by the Spirit into Christ. "He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit"--one with the Crucified. When Christ took upon Himself my humanity, apart from which He could never have borne the penalty for m sins, He made me one with Himself. I am identified with Him. He not only died for me, but I died with Him. He took me with Himself into death, and His death was my death to sin. [page 24]
Thank you, precious Lord, for taking me to the cross with You that I might die to sin and live Your resurrection life. Thank you for this amazing exchange: my sinful finite life for your pure and triumphant life.
Having died and risen with You, I choose to walk this day by faith in Your wonderful sufficiency. Please live Your life through me so that I might reflect and honor you in all I do. Thank you, my King and my God.
"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:11
Regardless of our feelings, we are to reckon on this great fact: our union with Christ in death and resurrection. Note that Paul does not say, reckon sin dead to you. God's way of victory over sin is not through the suppression of sinful desires, nor thought the eradication of the old nature, nor yet through the cleansing of inbred sin. God's way of victory is through crucifixion -- deliverance is only through death.
There is a vast difference between reckoning myself dead to sin and reckoning sin dead to me. Every attempt to make sin dead to me, through self-effort or struggle or blessing or make-believe is not following the scriptural pattern. God says I am to reckon myself dead to sin. If I am willing to be rid of sin, let faith fasten on the fact of my death to sin through my actual life-union with Christ.
I am "in Christ" And to be in Him is to be "dead to sin." Oh to believe it! Never mind the feelings. Each time I come up against some particular sin, let me there say: I died to that in Christ.
If it be a worldly attraction: "I am crucified to the world and the world unto me." If it be a proud, haughty self, again let me reckon: I have been crucified with Christ, now Christ lives in me. Then I should not, and need not, live unto myself. I am dead to my selfish pride and conceit and haughtiness.
What a glorious reality! Thank you, Jesus, precious Lamb of God, for taking me to the cross with you. Let this truth be a constant reminder to reckon myself dead to sin and alive unto you." Jesus, keep me near the cross...." Thank you, thank you, my Lord and my Life!
"Who in His own self bare [bore] our sins in His own body on the tree [cross], that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness." Romans 6:11
It means everything to me, as a Christian, that I was "born crucified" -- born all over again through death -- the death of Jesus Christ.... I must be either "dead in sins" or "dead to sin." If I am lost in Adam, I am "dead in sins." If I am saved through union with Christ, I am "dead to sin." (Romans 4 - 7)
When I accepted Christ's death for my sin, I could not avoid accepting my own death to sin. Christ died, not only for sin, but unto sin. I am committed to the cross. To attempt any other position is to involve myself in an infamous moral contradiction. My only logical standing is one of death. I have been "born crucified." It is the first principle of the Christian life. (Gal 2:20)
That Christ indeed "liveth in me" is a glorious truth. If I am saved, that is no mere cold, lifeless imputation. It is a fact. But it is a truth that calls for my most cordial "Amen."
Thank You, precious Lord. I choose to accept this amazing truth. Remind me to constantly walk in its light of its promise. On my own I forget and fail -- but "in You" nothing is impossible.
Dying with Jesus, by death reckoned mine
Living with Jesus, a new life divine;
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine,
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.
Moment by moment Iím kept in His love;
Moment by moment Iíve life from above;
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine;
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.
Our post-modern society is easily offended by God's truths about sin, guilt, judgment and our need for redemption. Such Biblical absolutes clash with the relativism, rationalizations and self-affirmations that have spread like leaven through the church. Those who seek popularity rather than purity tend to downplay -- or even dismiss -- the facts about our human condition and eternal destiny apart from the cross. Instead, the emphasis is on marketing a more humanitarian church to the world. Oswald Chambers summarizes it well:
"The key to the missionary message is the remissionary aspect of Christ's life [paying the penalty for our sins], not His kindness and His goodness.... The great limitless significance is that He is the propitiation of our sins....
"A missionary is one who is wedded to the charter of his Lord and Master. He has not to proclaim his own point of view, but to proclaim the Lamb of God. It is easier... to become a devotee to diving healing, or to a special type pf sanctification, or to the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
"Paul did not say, 'Woe is me if I do not preach what Christ has done for me,' but 'Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!' This is the gospel--'The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"
The Oswald Chambers Daily Devotional Bible, page 1142
"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?" Luke 9:23-25
Reckoning, in order to be real, includes self-renunciation. Our reckoning is doomed to failure unless we renounce self. In the power of Christ's death, I just refuse my old life. On the basis of Calvary and of my oneness with Christ in His death, I must refuse to let self lord it over me.... The life that "Christ liveth in me" must have a happy "yet not I" at its very heart.
How can I have the benefits of Christ's death wile I still want my own way? Self must be dethroned. I am indeed promised newness of life, but only on the basis that I put off the old. If Christ went into the abysmal depths of self-emptying and self-renunciation, I must sink my old self-life into harmony with His ignominious departure. (page 28)
On my own, I cannot renounce self and deny its demands. But by your righteous life within me, nothing is impossible. Precious Lord, remind me to submit to you and the people you put in my life whenever my fleshly self craves its own way. I want to follow You no matter how hard the way, but I need your constant strength and guidance. Thank you for hearing and answering this prayer.
"...reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof." Romans 6:11-12
We need not let sin reign, since we died and passed through death into resurrection beyond sin's dominion. Sin has no claim over those united to the Crucified, and sin "shall not have dominion" over those who yield themselves entirely to the Holy Spirit. "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from he law of sin and death." (Romans 8:2)
But as long as we have nay controversy with the Holy Spirit we cannot escape sin's dominion.... The offending member is to be reckoned dead to sin -- not pampered. It is indeed good to pray for blessings, and to cry out for clean hearts, but not when God say "cut off" and "pluck out." God has truly cut us off from all evil at the Cross. He now says: It is yours to break with sin-- "let not sin therefore reign."
Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain
Free to all, a healing stream
Flows from Calvaryís mountain.
In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.
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