The Apostle Paul speaks of Christians as dead. "You are dead,” he says, "and your life is hid with Christ in God." Col. iii. 3. These expressions will apply, in their full import, only to those Christians who are in the state of unselfish or pure love.
Their death is a death to selfishness. They are dead to pride and jealousy, self-seeking and envy, to malice, inordinate love
of their own reputation, anything and every-thing which constitutes the fallen and vitiated life of nature. They have a new
life, which is "hid with Christ in God."