Colossians 3:3-4 Dead, But Alive

Colossians 3:3-4 (KJV)
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

We, who are Christians, are dead but we are alive.

We likely do not spend anywhere near enough time contemplating our spiritual death.

Romans 6:2
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?[1]

Christ is here said to be our life.

  • He is the breath of it, the spoken Word that created all things.
  • He is the sustainer of it, the one by whom all things consist
  • He is the Saviour of it, the Redeemer of our sin
  • He is the director of it, the guide from darkness into light
  • He is the passion of it, the purpose for which we live
  • He is the hope of it, the blessed hope for which we long and with whom we will live eternally

[1] A good meditation on the whole of Romans chapter six would do well to complement this passage. It addresses in detail the implications of both our death with Christ and our life in Christ.


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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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