Any consciousness of death, IS death in itself. Consciousness of death reveals that death is present, conscience is bad. Jesus came to remove us from death and to move us into life. His taking of our guilt upon himself requires that to be true to this, we must lose our guilt.
Two things are at play. One is that He has absolutely dealt with our sin and death. And two is that we recognise his suffering on our behalf, in this process. Any benefit we obtain through what he has done, is because of him and that calls for gratitude. His removal of our death was His forgiveness towards us and of us.
The next step would be to say that consciousness of life IS life. And that consciousness is what comes from the Spirit.