Disciples are dead to sin and self, and alive to God

Scripture references

Luke 14:27 (ASV 1901)

27Whosoever doth not bear his own cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Romans 6:5–11 (ASV 1901)

5For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; 6knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin; 7for he that hath died is justified from sin. 8But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him; 9knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death no more hath dominion over him. 10For the death that he died, he died unto sin once: but the life that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11Even so reckon ye also yourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive unto God ...

Stories

Wang Pu Lin had given up on the possibility of becoming saved from addiction to opium. All his efforts had failed to save him. But the day he said he would rather die than yield to sin was the day he became alive to Christ.