A resurrection cannot occur without a death. A new life cannot begin until the old life is buried with Him.
“Truly, truly I say to you, except a corn of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone: but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit” (John 12:24)
The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth (Ephesians 5:9).
“If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24).
He must increase but i must decrease (John 3:30).
He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live for themselves, but for Him which died for them and rose again” (II Corinthians 5:15).
To live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21).
I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).
The truth is in Jesus: that you put off concerning the former conversation the old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind: and that you put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:21-24).
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (II Corinthians 5:17).
Likewise reckon also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin: but yield yourselves to God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God (Romans 6:11-13).
Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts (Galatians 5:24).
Put to death, therefore your members which are upon earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry (Galatians 3:5).
In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man purge himself from the latter, he shall be a vessel to honor, sanctified, and fit for the Master’s use, and prepared to every good work (II Timothy 2:20,21).
Giving no offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed (II Corinthians 6:3).
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1).
For it is God who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor; for we are members one of another. Be angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more; but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that has needs. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you with all malice: and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:25-32).
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