Dead in Christ, Yet Alive in Him – Toni Babcock
“And enter not into judgement with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.” (Psalm 143:2 KJV)
In this verse, David makes a keen observation based on a spiritual law inexorably true as any other natural law in the universe. In God’s sight, no man living can be justified in His sight. Yet notice the one-word qualifier – “living”. What if it were possible for the man to reckon himself to be dead as God sees him, and to be justified through the righteousness of another? What if it were possible for God to see a soul as justified before Him because he or she is seen through the righteousness of His Son who died for their sins and rose again?
This is what exactly what Christ has accomplished for those who believe the gospel. “But God commended his love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” (Romans 5:8-9 KJV)
The response of faith is to receive Christ and to die to sin as well, “For he that is dead is freed from sin,” (Romans 6:7 KJV). The Apostle Paul exhorts us, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof,” (Romans 6:11-12 KJV).
Receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is exactly that – receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Toni M. Babcock is the author of The Stone Writer and Reflections from the Heart, in Light of the Gospel of Jesus. Contact
Hope you have plans for the weekend that include times to relax and breathe in the beauty of the preciousness of the life you have been gifted. Reflecting on God’s goodness and wonder!