Col 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Now, this definite, absolute and final putting off of ourselves in an act of death, is something we cannot do ourselves.
is not self-mortifying, but it is dying with Christ.
There is nothing
can do it but the Cross of Christ and the Spirit of God.
The church is
full of half dead people who have been trying, like poor Nero, to slay
themselves for years, and have not had the courage to strike the fatal
Oh, if they would just put themselves at Jesus' feet, and let Him do it, there would be accomplishment and rest.
that cross He has provided for our death as well as our life, and our
part is just to let His death be applied to our nature just as it has
been to our old sins, and then leave it with Him, think no more about
it, and count it dead,
Not recognizing it any longer as ourselves, but
another, refusing to listen or fear it, to be identified with it, or
even try to cleanse it,
But counting it utterly in His hands, and dead
to us forever, and for all our new life depending on Him at every
breath, as a babe just born depends upon its mother's life.
~A. B. Simpson~