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by Benjamin Munsell on September 26, 2018
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It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with (Christ), we shall also live with (Christ): 2 Timothy 2:11. I'm going to make an ILLUSTRATION of a concept to make this verse an example Christ set for us, and NOT as some new "teaching". Here goes. Christ died TWICE, once in Life, and once on the Cross. (illustration, remember?) Yes, He Lived A Pure, Holy, Sinless Life and His Father even broke out of Heaven to tell mortal man He was very pleased with His Son's Life. Christ didn't just automatically "Live" a sinless life, it took a lot of work and it was all also an example for us to follow. Right from the very start, He was Obedient to the Will of His Father. Christ came with the Purpose of being a Pure, Sinless, Perfect Lamb to be slaughtered on the Alter as the final, and only, Payment for our sins. He daily chose to be Obedient to His Father, AND TO NOT BE OBEDIENT TO WHAT WE WOULD CALL, OUR FLESH, SELF, AND OLD MAN NATURE. No "new" theology here, just an illustration of simple Obedience. In our terms, it's called DYING TO SELF, and Living like Christ. For example His body was hungry, but He spent the night in Prayer and Fasting. He denied his body what IT wanted, to do what His Father wanted. He "died to self" to show us how, and that we can, IF WE SO CHOOSE, die to self also. This means we actually have NO EXCUSE for disobedience, none. We CAN choose to Obey, every time, if we want to. Sin IS pleasurable, FOR A MOMENT, and quickly fades into guilt and condemnation. I'm trying to say, Christ chose Obedience to His Father instead of obedience to his physical body, BUT NOT SAY He had a sinful body. That's a Theology I don't dare touch with my great LACK of understanding. Again, as an illustration, He "died" to self so He could Obey His Father. He showed us how, so, are you willing to "die to self" in the next choice or decision YOU'RE about to make? Will you choose to Obey one day at a time? One hour at a time? Even one choice at a time, that you may, Be Blessed?
 
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