Just What It Is That’s Dead?

Friday, April 15th, 2016

“………that our old self was crucified with Jesus, that our body of sin (sin nature) might be powerless so that we should no longer be slaves to sin (that which the sin nature produces). Rom 6:6 (paraphrased)

As believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection, it is extremely important to get straight in our minds just what or who it is that’s dead.  Personally, it saddens my heart to see many Christians often still trying to crucify themselves and thereby trying to get rid of the power of sin and Satan.

Old Sin Nature

Our “old self”  is all that we are – our appetite, drives, desires, sins, self-centredness and rebellion towards God before we believed in Jesus and were given a “new self”.  The old sin nature is that predisposition  toward rebellion against God with which we were all born.  It is the old sinful adamic nature that we inherited from Adam.  Rom 5:12   When we believed by faith that John the Baptist laid our lifetime of sins upon Jesus and subsequently He died on our behalf, our “old self” was judicially declared to be dead with Christ as well. 

 

The New Sinless Nature

There is nothing so great in just being dead.  Being “alive” in the new sinless nature is where the action is.  That is why God raised us up with Jesus from the dead into a whole new realm of life of faith.  This “new self” which came out of the grave could no longer be legally dominated by any of the powers which had so easily dominated us in the “old self”. Rom 6:6; Eph 4:22-24; Col 3:9-10

 

Freedom From The Power As Well As The Penalty

As far as I can see, the only enemy believers had that is really dead is our “old self”.  All the other foes dedicated against us are still very much alive.  The whole basis of our freedom over them is that we died in our relationship to them.  The authority of these adversaries namely the sin nature, the law, Satan, world and death has forever been broken in regard to a true believer in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.

There are two aspects of freedom which the redemptive work of Christ has made available to us :

  1. We are set free from the penalty of sin by Jesus’ baptism and death for us. 1 Cor 15:3
  2. We are provided daily deliverance from the power of sin by Jesus’ baptism and death for us. To make this possible Christ died not only for sin but to sin.  Rom 6:10

 

A Closer Look AT Our Freedom

To understand fully the far reaching implication of this new liberty from the formidable forces like the sin nature, the principle of law, Satan’s authority, the corrupt world and the lifetime fear of death we ought to know this : 

  1. We must believe wholeheartedly that after being born again by the water and Spirit that their control and power over us has ceased.
  2. We must recognize that our victory depends entirely on our reliance in the indwelling Holy Spirit at all times to deal with their attempts to illegally find access to us again.
  3. We must realize that this vicious and adamant enemies are relentless in their efforts to regain the dominion as long as we are alive in this body of death. We must be alert and sober to resist them at all times by living a life of faith in obedience to God’s Righteousness and His perfect will.

 

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