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Die to this life

Filed Under: Luther's Devotions

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory.

Col. 3 : 4.

Here is comfort for Christians in this earthly life, where their resurrection seems untrue to the world and to their own
perceptions, though they receive the doctrine of Christ and apprehend him by faith; where they must contend with sin and infirmities and besides are subject to much affliction and adversity; and where consequently they are extremely sensible of death and terror when they should experience joy and life. In this verse Paul comforts them, showing where to seek and surely apprehend their life. Be of good cheer, he would say, for you are dead to the worldly life. This life you must renounce, but in so doing you make a precious exchange. Dying unto the world is a
blessed experience, for which you will obtain a life far more glorious. You are now through Christ's death redeemed from sin and from death eternal and are made imperishable. Upon you is conferred everlasting glory. But this risen life you cannot yet perceive in yourselves; you have it in Christ through faith.

Christ is spoken of as "our life." This life is certain, though still unrevealed to you, insured to you beyond the power of any
one to deprive you of it. By faith in Christ's life, are ye to be preserved and to obtain victory over the terrors and torments
of sin, death and the devil, until that life shall be revealed in you and made manifest to men. In Christ ye surely possess.

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