Now, this may seem like a strange thing to preach about. I know that there is some risk in preaching such a message. Yet, there is something very important that we must understand about this idea of dying grace.
You see, people who are prepared to die don’t get that way just at the end. Moses walked with God and talked with Him. He spent most of his life learning about the Lord and serving Him. David was the beloved of the Lord. His relationship with the Lord was the most important thing in his life. Fanny Crosby and Del Fehsenfeld lived for the Lord long before they died. It wasn’t something that happened at the end to make their passing easier. No, they were truly prepared. They had died already.
It may be many years before the Lord calls us home. The timing doesn’t matter. What matters is that we are prepared ahead of time. And there is only one way to prepare for death…
The only way to prepare for death is to die. You see, the Bible speaks of two kinds of death, death to this life, which all human beings will share, and death to sin, which only those who belong to Jesus will accomplish.
The key to dying well is to surrender your life to Jesus Christ in advance. When we come to Jesus, our old man, that which we were before Christ, dies. Jesus takes our old man with Him to die on the cross. Yes, this is a little hard to understand, but the Scripture is clear.
Romans 6:6 ( NKJV ) 6knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
Galatians 2:20 ( NKJV ) 20I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
If you have given your life to Jesus, you can be assured that He took your life with Him to the cross. Your old man is truly dead. The only thing left is for you and me to live as though we were dead.
Yes, I know, that’s a little strange, but we are dead, dead to sin, dead to this world, dead to the flesh. Again, this is the firm and clear teaching of the Scriptures.
Romans 6:11 ( NKJV ) 11Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Galatians 5:24 ( NKJV ) 24And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Colossians 3:3 ( NKJV ) 3For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Do you hear what those verses are saying? You and I are dead to sin and dead to the flesh. Neither of them will ever have power over us again. The Scriptures also say that we are no longer citizens of this world, the world’s ways no longer are our ways. As far as the realm of the evil one is concerned, we are dead.
The applications of this truth are much more than we could cover, even in another series of messages. But let’s look at just a couple of practical things. What does it mean that we are already dead? It means that the things of this life and this world no longer hold us with their attractions. It means that we can easily deny the passions of the flesh because dead people have no passions of the flesh. It means that we have already left the things of this life behind. It means that we can leave this world with peace and joy in our hearts.