By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
The apostle Paul writes, “We which live are always delivered unto death for
Jesus sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal
flesh” (2 Corinthians 4:11).
When Paul says, “We which live,” he is echoing Jesus’ words from Revelation
1:18: “I am he that liveth.” Paul is speaking here of Christians, those who
trust in Christ and have His life abiding in them. Yet, Paul actually is telling
us we also have been handed over to death.
That’s right, just as the Father handed His Son over to death, He likewise
hands over all who are in Christ. God leads each of us by the hand to the very
gates of death and says, “Here, death, take this one too. Do what you will
with him!” And at that point, God’s hand is no longer one of protection.
Rather, it ushers us into the very jaws of death.
You ask why God would do this. He does it for the same reason He gave over His
own Son to death. He knows that death, pain and sorrow can no longer swallow us
up or destroy us because we have within us the life of Christ Himself!
God knows there is no risk for us, just as there wasn’t for Jesus. And He has a
plan of victory for us, just as He had for His own Son but this victory can only
be accomplished in us through death.
Paul warns, “If you have the resurrection life of Christ in you, God is going
to plunge you into death every day of your life!”
The apostle adds, “As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day
long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter” (Romans 8:36). The Greek
meaning here is, “Every day we are handed over to death.” In short, Paul is
saying, “Every day I face a new death situation.”
Please understand that Paul is not speaking of physical death here but of a
kind of death that happens to us daily in our walk with Christ. When he
testifies, “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31), he is referring to tribulation,
distress, persecution, peril, trouble of all kinds.
Paul is saying, in essence, “We who have the Christ-life in us are constantly
being given over to one death situation after another. Every day, some new test
is thrust upon us. But we have the life of God’s Son within us!”
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