This reminds me of one of Jesus' parables that only the true believer will understand.
It simply means that when we trust Christ as our Savior we are to die to selves and allow the Holy Spirit to have control over us. That way we are able to fulfill the plans that God has for us. However, every time we sin, we grieve and quench the Holy Spirit from being able to function in us and we are left in our own strength again. But that is easily remedied. Just confess your sins (I John 1:9).
Here is some Scripture to help you understand better.
Galatians 2:19, 20 "For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. 20 "I have been crucified with Christ; IT IS NO LONGER I WHO LIVE, BUT CHRIST LIVES IN ME;and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 AND THOSE WHO ARE CHRIST'S HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH ITS PASSIONS AND DESIRES. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
II Timothy 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution (Psalm 34:19).
I hope I have shed some understanding for all. God bless.
The New Open Bible Study Edition, NKJV
· 1 decade ago