Dead with Christ

H.A. Ironside

What is it to be dead with Christ, dead to sin and to the rudiments of the world? Death with Christ has to do with my standing. "Reckon yourself dead" refers to my state. It should be readily apprehended that no one but the thieves on the cross ever died with Christ actually, and one of them was lost. But Christ is now living in glory, and it is two-thousand years too late for anyone to die with Him so far as experience is concerned.

One verse of tremendous import puts the scriptural use of the term beyond all argument: "In that He died, He died unto sin once" (Rom. 6:10). If it be said that I have "died with Him," it must be in His death and to the same things to which He died. When and where did we die with Him? On the cross, when He died "the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God."