The Old Man Was Crucified
We died to sin in order to walk in newness of life:
- Our new life is sourced in the life of Christ - Galatians 2:20
- Our new life in Christ is a different kind of life - 2 Corinthians 5:17
We have been transplanted into a living relationship with Christ that is “organically” joined together like two plants grafted together become united - Romans 6:5
knowing this - What follows is an explanation of how the new life is possible.
that our old man was crucified with Him - The old person we were in Adam is dead.
- The old man is not the same as the flesh or the sin nature - Romans 7:18
- The old man is the unregenerate person in Adam. Adam and the person we were in him belong to the former world - Romans 5:12–14
- We were co-crucified with Christ who was justly put to death for sin thus bringing an end to the former position we had in Adam.
- In Christ we learn that the old man has been put off like a garment - Eph 4:17–24
- The old man and the new man are not worn simultaneously - Colossians 3:9b–10
that the body of sin might be done away with - The power of sin no longer controls us.
- The body is the physical expression of the whole person - Roman 7:4; 12:1
- The body is that part of a person that expresses the heart and carries out actions.
- The body of sin describes a person as filled with sin. The body of sin describes a person as identified with sin. The body of sin describes a person as always moving toward sin (throat, tongues, lips, mouth, feet, eyes) - Romans 3:9–18
- The body of sin is only an instrument of/for sin.
- The crucifixion of the old man sets the body free from the control of sin.
- The power of sin that formerly dominated the body has been rendered powerless. Sin can no longer control the body.
- In Christ the body is no longer obligated to function as an instrument of sin.
- In Christ our body ceases to be a “body of sin” - 1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
that we should no longer be slaves of sin - Sin is not our master.
- The death of Christ and our co-crucifixion with Him has severed the power of sin over us.
- The sin-master relationship over sin-slave me has been terminated.
- Grace has made us free to choose not to sin.
The former unregenerate sinful you in Adam was crucified with Christ!
Our death with Christ has disconnected or unplugged us from the power source of sin.
In Christ you can truthfully say, “I don’t have to sin!”