Sin’s Funeral

Posted: May 7, 2015 in Blog, Pastor's Corner
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No one enjoys a funeral. Ask anyone, they’d rather avoid the necessity of such an event. However the problem isn’t the event in and of itself. The problem with a funeral is that someone died, and death is what’s so uncomfortable.

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Death is an inevitable part of life. Ignore it all you like, but the hard-cold-truth is that death comes to us all. I’m not falling off into morbid introspection tending toward a gothic obsession with death, honestly I’ve already used the word more than I’d like.

What I’m contemplating is the inescapable presence of death, and how we might look at it in a positive light; not only a positive light, but as a necessary aspect of our existence. Viewing death positively only comes as we understand sin, death, and life in Christ; leading one to mortify sin.

To state the necessity of mortifying sin seems easy. Nike theology; just do it!  No questions, just—do—it. From a counseling stand point it’s idyllic, but in the end, life is more complex, and death isn’t that easy.

Sin entered into the world, and death through sin, so death spread to all men, (Rom 5:12). Consequently, followers of Christ are to put to death what has brought death, as a necessary aspect of a Christian’s life; placing death as a necessary aspect of a Christian’s existence.

The mortification of sin comes on the heals of being redeemed by Christ and seeking to walk in a manner worthy of the call of Christ. Not in an effort to become worthy, but because Christ has reckoned you as such, by his perfect fulfillment of the covenant of works.

Therefore, our sin slaying is not in the category of earning wages, but in the vein of submissive and loving bride, adoring her groom, who is Christ Jesus. The funeral of our sin must be victorious in Christ, and not as though we are mourning the loss of a loved one.

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