When we were unsaved, we identified with the world and did the things of this world. When we received Christ we exchanged that sinful, worldly life, for one that identifies with Jesus. We identify with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection as seen in Roman’s 6:1-5. Our lives have been crucified with our Lord Jesus. Paul makes two statements that help us understand this principle.
19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (Galatians 2:19-21)
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. (Romans 6:6-10)
The crucified life allows us to live in Christ. Our sinful body having been crucified is dead. If we believe this, then sin that was part of the old life has no dominion or control over us. Does that mean we do not sin? NO. It means our desire should be to please God by obeying the precepts of His Word, the Bible. It gives us power to overcome our sinful desires. When we fail, and we will, we are able to go to God, repent and ask for forgiveness.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Thank God today for what He has done for you.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001