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Friday, March 27, 2015

Dying for Fruit

So, John 12:44 was in my reading today but I read John12:24 instead, just after I responded to Chuck’s comments on yesterday’s post.  I cannot tell you how many times I have read the “wrong” verse and it dealt with issues I was facing.  Ditto today.
Dying for Fruit
The message in John 12:44 is that to be fruitful we must die.  That’s harsh.  The interesting thing is what other passages say about this death thing.  Romans 6:3 – 7 tells us that if we have trusted Christ, we have been baptized into His death.  So we are dead.  Colossians 3:1 – 4 tells us the same thing.

The interesting thing is that in Romans 6:11 and Colossians 3:2, Paul tells us that we are to think differently because of this truth.  In Romans 6:11 we are to “consider” ourselves dead to sin.  It can be translated reckon as well.  In Colossians 3:2 we are to set our minds on above.

That is hard for me to grasp.  Trusting Christ causes me to die and my life becomes His.  All then I have to do is remember that.  I must intentionally consider myself dead, and set my mind on the above, which results in fruit.

Sounds easy.

Doesn’t seem to be in practice.