knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;Romans 6:6(NASB)
One could contemplate the wealth of truth packed into this single verse of Scripture for a lifetime and only scratch the surface of God's amazing grace towards those.. who by faith in Christ are united with HIM. Jesus is our Substitute, our Representative, and heavenly Advocate. Jesus is the Author of a new creation, Whose resurrected life has become our new-born-again-life. In Christ we have been made an entirely new race of people, which has removed us.. from the power of sin and death in our lives - and released us from the eternal condemnation of God's holy law.
Jesus hung on the cross alone and paid the price of our sins alone. There is nothing that sinful man could ever do - past, present or future.. through time and into eternity, that is sufficient to pay the incalculable price for our sin. As our Substitute:- His sacrificial death paid the price for our sin - releasing us from the penalty of sin. As our Representative:- His finished work on the cross fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law on our account - releasing us from the power of sin. As our substitute He died for our sins and we are forgiven and declared righteous. As our representative He died unto sin, which rendering us no longer under the wrath of God and lifts us from the hand of His righteous condemnation.
As our substitute Jesus went to the cross alone but as our representative He took US with Himself to the cross. Jesus took our many sins to the cross.. together with our old, fallen sinful nature - and their He paid the price of our sin by His death... and in so doing - in the sight of God, we died together with Him. The death of Christ rendered us dead in the sight of the law; freed from the power of sin over us; released us from the eternal punishment that we justly deserve - and pronounced us righteous in the sight of God - and NOTE: we are not made sinless or innocent, but declared righteous - He (though sinless and innocent) identified with our sin so that we, (although sinful and guilty) could be identified with HIS righteousness.
As the believer's substitute He paid the price for our sins and rendered us forgiven. But as the Christian's representative He broke the power of sin and death within; setting us freefrom the authority of the law and delivering us from the consequences of our imputed sin nature: which is a slave to the world, the flesh and the devil.
We are forgiven of sin because He died for us but we are delivered from sin because we died in Him. God knew that there was no way that we could pay the price for our sins and so He died in our place. God also knew that there was no way that once we are saved by grace through faith.. we could obey the law; resist worldly lusts, curb our fleshly desires; resist the devil and be freed from the power of sin in our own human strength. God knew that the old sin nature that was imputed to us via Adam, was incurable - incapable of being reformed or improved; unable to be mortified in our own strength and incapable of being trained to become righteous.
It is impossible for the old sin nature to be reformed or cleansed. Our old sinful self can never be made righteous and so God in His grace gave us a new nature - a new life - the resurrected life of Christ, which He imputed to us by faith at the point of salvation. When we were saved we were not only given the indwelling Holy Spirit of God to guide us, but also a new born-again-life to be guided by Him. At salvation we received Christ's life.. Christ's resurrected life, which gives us the opportunity to draw on His sufficient power, for without Him our old nature can do nothing, but in Him our new life can do all things for He is the power of God, from Whom our strength is drawn.
Only when the believer lives his life in spirit and truth.. drawing strength for his new life from Christ's sufficient strength, can we receive all we need to live a godly lives.. suitable for children of God and citizens of heaven.
While Christians live on this earth we are the recipients of two natures.. the old sin nature and the new nature from Christ.. but for us to be delivered from sin, Satan, the law and the world.. the old nature must be kept nailed to the cross and remain in the place of death, so that the life of Christ may grow from glory to glory as we are conformed by the indwelling Holy Spirit into the likeness of Christ Himself.
Christ not only died for our sins as our substitute but HE died unto sin as our representative and as His spiritual seed we died in Him and were raised-up into newness of life in Christ - for our new-born-again-life is hid with Christ in God. Let us appropriate all that is ours in Christ.. knowing that our old sinful self-life was crucified, so that the body of sin (ie the old sin nature) might be done away with...
One could contemplate the wealth of truth packed into this single verse for a lifetime and only scratch the surface of God's amazing grace towards us.. but praise God that in Christ.. as our representative Man, we are no longer slaves to sin and Satan.. and we are no longer slaves to the law - for we died to sin and we died to the Law - and our life is hid with Christ in God.
Heavenly Father, please open my understanding more and more to the wonderful truths that are contained in this astonishing verse of Scripture.. Thank You that my old sin nature was crucified with Christ. Thank You that because Christ is my representative - my “old Adamic self' was crucified with Him, so that I no longer need to be a slave to sin but am set free to live holy as unto the Lord - in Whose name I pray, AMEN
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