Our old man is put to death, and he still writhes, but he is declared dead. But even the new man is reborn dead, because we are called to die to self.
“We don’t need to wait for the zombie apocalypse. We’re living in the zombie apocalypse. We are on the ship of death,” Dr. Sproul Jr. said. “This is not an episode of Lost, but everyone on this ship is already dead. Some are still dead in their trespasses and sins, but by God’s grace, we’ve been crucified with Christ, we’ve been called to die to self. We’re all dead. That certainly ought to impact how we live. It certainly ought to impact how we view our relationship with the other dead people. One of the things that this impact should give us is a zeal and a passion for them. You’ve heard the expression, ‘I’m just a stranger telling other strangers where to find food.’
“Well, I’m just a zombie telling other zombies where to find life.”
We don’t have anything to fear from martyrdom because we’re already dead. If we’d come to see that we’re dead, how invulnerable would that make us? How untouchable would that make us? How fearless would that make us? Does it really matter if 7 billion people think we’re bigoted, backwards, contemplative, primitive, ignorant? Christ made himself of no reputation (Philippians 2:7). Our calling, even our blessing, is to be persecuted and thought as fools for the name of Christ.
In his treatise on death, the apostle concludes with, “Therefore, be steadfast and immovable.” We don’t have to be afraid. We can face temporal death because it is not the end.