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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
"Bearing His Death"
“Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” II Corinthians 4:10
What a statement! Paul was always bearing about the death of Jesus. Literally, he was always living under the burden and example of Christ's death. This is one of those truths in God's Word that is so grand I really don't want to write a Words of Truth on it; however, let me point out several things from this thought.
There is the brutality of Christ's death. This is the selfless, sacrificial death of Christ. Jesus prayed “not my will” before He went to Calvary. The death He suffered had no pity on the body. Paul bore in his body this willing death of the cross. He said, “I die daily,” and “I am crucified with Christ.” He was surrendering to the crucifixion every day of his life. This is how victory is won in the Christian life. When we yield ourselves to Christ's death, the flesh is overcome, and sin is defeated. It is no wonder Paul had such great success in his work for the Lord. Paul was put to death every day, and Christ lived through him.
Then there is the burden of Christ's death. God so loved us that He gave us Christ. Jesus so loved us He became sin for us, and took our death. Paul carried that same burden every day. He said, “The love of Christ constraineth me.” He stayed burdened with Christ's burden for the lost. He got up every day and thought, “I am going to live for what Jesus died for.” Paul would not be moved from that burden. Persecution, prison, popularity, or people were not going to move him from the goal of the gospel. He said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel,” and “I press toward the mark.” It is no wonder Paul turned the world upside down with the gospel! He stayed burdened with the cross.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of a life-changing truth. Determine to study this out, and strive to live it each day. Get under the burden and example of the Lord's death, and let Him be seen in your life. You will turn our world upside down.