Lurking in a Christian forum the other day I came across a few people having trouble in their personalities. I certainly had plenty of that sort of hassle when I first came to the Lord. For a lot of years it was all about me, my sorrows, my hurts, my pain, my frustration, my rights, my fulfilment and my ambition. It took me a long time to discover some Bible truth that is actually pretty basic, yet often not understood by us as Gods people.
In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul is talking about the basic things which Jesus did for every person who has ever lived and will ever live. He makes a statement that you don't hear much about, but which to Paul was beginners teaching. He says; 'for we thus judge that if one(Jesus)died for all, then have all died'..
What He meant was, when you come to Jesus and take Him as your saviour you need to realize that you died with Him to the life of self without God. Then he goes on to say, that if you are one of those who have received Him then you need to realize that now you are no longer living for yourself but for Him who died and rose again for your sake.
In Colossians 3 Pauls puts it another way, 'for you are dead and your(true real) life is hid with Christ in God'.
I think our problem is that we have been so used to living with ourselves or in ourselves or for ourselves, whichever way you want to put it, that we find it hard to grasp what Gods word is saying to us here. Yet it seems that God expects us to understand or at least learn to understand, what is being said here, or He would not have put it in the Book He has given us.
Paul says it in yet another way, again in 2 Corinthians 5; ' therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new'.
How does my swamp title fit in here? Well for a Christian the life of self can be like a quagmire, a swamp, that you struggle to get out of over and over again and mostly end up worn out and still stuck. The secret is to learn that it all died with Jesus, and now you are free to live with and for Him.