“We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.” Rom. 6:6,7 (ESV)
Yesterday I began to discuss our struggle against the old self. This is a critical yet often misunderstood concept. In today’s verse, Paul gives us another clue to help us achieve victory in the battle between our old self, and our new Spirit indwelled self.
Paul tells us that our old self was crucified with Christ.
For years I was confused by this since I interpreted it to mean that the old self was dead…yet my experience told me that the old man was still very much alive.
Then I realized that crucifixion is a long and painful death process.
When Paul states that our old self was crucified with Christ, he means that the death process of our old self has been initiated and the outcome inevitable.
My old self is destined for death.
Before I came to faith in Christ, my old self was alive and well… and ruling my life. When I accepted Christ as my Lord, the old self was crucified and began the long arduous death process. The old self didn’t die immediately after I became a Christian…but it was mortally wounded.
Putting off the old self hastens the death process.
Feeding the old self prolongs the death process.
I put off the old self by recognizing and confessing my sins. I put off the old self by resisting my old motivations and temptations to self-indulgence.
I feed the old self when I give into self-indulgence.
Christ inflicted the mortal wound on my old self. My actions and attitude from that point forward will either hasten that death…or prolong it.
The sacrificial death of Jesus Christ has inflicted a mortal would on my old self so that it no longer enslaves me. I am now free to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Holy Spirit…allow me to sense Your leading clearly today as I continue to experience the battle with my old self.