Guest Author

Pastor Neal Dearyan
Senior Pastor – Chili Crossroads Bible Church, Fresno, Ohio

Today’s Scripture: But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 1 Corinthians 15:35-36

When I was about 11, I learned that daffodils won’t bloom in the spring until their growth inhibitor is killed by the cold of winter. To confirm this was true, I dug up a daffodil bulb in October and stuck it in a freezer for a week. Then I took it out and stuck it in a pot by the window. Sure enough, in about 10 days, up came the first shoot of green. A few weeks later a cheerful yellow bloom greeted me.

The other bulbs outside didn’t come up until it was late March in Arkansas. Experiment complete, theory confirmed.

Like the daffodil bulb I stuck in the freezer, we will get a new body, but only after we have died with Christ. How do you do that? Simply believe that Christ died for your sins and rose again. When you put all your trust in that fact, it becomes true of you that you are “in Christ.” So when Christ died, you died. When Christ rose, you rose.

Unless you experience the new birth, you will experience the second death (Revelation 21:8). It’s been well said that if you are born twice, you die once; but if you are born once, you die twice. Being born twice means you die an extra time, in Christ, when He died once for all (Hebrews 10:10). And now you’re alive in Him (Romans 6:11-13).

Now that we’re alive in Him, who should we please? Ourselves or Him? That choice is up to you every moment. But remember that, having died to self, you are alive to Christ. Live like it by His power.