My soul is waiting upon God to be filled with His fullness! The hand of faith had enabled me to grasp the utmost limit of the privileges of holiness that the Lord Jesus purchased for me with His precious blood. I do not know what they are either in their nature or their effects. I do not know what it means what we are told that the body of sin was destroyed by the crucifixion of Christ and when we are commanded therefore to “reckon ourselves dead to sin.” But I do know that it means something which will enable us, from now on, not to serve sin, and will cause us to bring forth fruit unto holiness. And I know further that it must mean something which pleases and satisfies God. And since it is the purchase of the death of Christ, it must be my privilege to enter it now though so vile and unworthy, for my Bible says that “this is the will of God even my sanctification.”
Again, since it is the purchase of Christ’s death it can be mine only by faith, not in any degree by works and therefore is mine now, if now I trust for it. And thanks be unto God I do trust Him now definitely to accomplish that work of His in me, therefore, now even I can “reckon myself to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God in Jesus Christ my Lord!”
—Journal, September 9, 18671
Amen, dead to sin!! Alive to Christ. God does and will give us the ability to make this real in our Christian lives. I have been interested in this same subject and have been writing about it (2 above) ....thank you Mark for this post!! Bless you!!