This is how Charles Haddon Spurgeon explained what it means to die with Christ:
I suppose that, if you were to meet your old self, he would hardly know you, for you are so greatly altered. I dare say he would say to you, “Come, old fellow, let us go to the theater, or turn into this beer-shop, or let us go home, and find out some way of amusing ourselves.”
You would reply, “No, sir; I cut your acquaintance a long time ago, and I do not mean to have anything further to do with you, so you may go about your business as soon as you like. I am not what I was, for I have been crucified with Christ, and I am dead, and my life is hid with Christ in God.
Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follow’r of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?
Must I be carried to the skies
On flow’ry beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?
Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?
Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord;
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.
Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.
When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of vict’ry through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have,
for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
So we can confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?””
(Hebrews 13:5–6, ESV)
“The Word took bodily form so that we might receive the Holy Spirit:
God became the bearer of a body so that men might be bearers of the Spirit.”
(Attributed to Athanasius)
“I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
(Psalm 34:4, KJV)
“For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid,
which is Jesus Christ.”
(1 Corinthians 3:11, ESV)