Living by Grace

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Free to Live for Jesus and Not for Self

… if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.  2 Corinthians 5:14b-15

Many believers have made a deep resolve to cease living for self and to begin living for Jesus—but some have soon failed miserably.

The deep resolve and the following failure may have gone on for years.

The failures are the result of thinking the deep resolve is the way to change. The passage quoted gives another explanation.

First, notice the promise of living for Jesus and not self is in the context of 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

The words “in Christ” are significant. Paul had written in Romans 6:3-5 that at conversion, believers were baptized “into Christ” by the Holy Spirit. They were baptized into His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

Paul’s message of 2 Corinthians 5: 14b-15 is that we are able to cease living for self and to begin living for Jesus because “we died.”

We must, though, experience our crucifixion to be free from living for self and free to live for the Lord Jesus Christ.

We experience crucifixion, burial, and resurrection by obeying the five commands of Romans 6:11-13.