Romans 6: 1-11 (ESV)
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 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. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
Roman 6 clearly states that we died with Christ. Our former self was crucified with Christ. Basically our former sinful self was killed and buried. Once someone dies, he no longer belongs to his former master. He can no longer be punished for former misdeeds. A dead person no longer transgresses.
So with Christ we were crucified and died. Then a new man was put in our place. The new man is not sold as a slave to sin. The new man has been bought by Jesus Christ. Because the new man belongs to Jesus, the new man is a slave to righteousness.
So here is the question… Are we digging up a corpse?
Lack of victory in our walk with Christ could be a sign that we are carrying a corpse around.
Paul says, “You must see yourselves as being dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11 NJB).
Sometimes we read scripture like Romans 6 and water it down by making it completely symbolic. But it is not just symbolic. We were baptized into Christ’s death and were thus buried with him (our water baptism is a picture of this). The self belonging to sin was destroyed, and we are freed from the slavery of sin. We live a new life in Christ Jesus. This is a kingdom REALITY. We must literally see ourselves this way.
What are we going to choose to be –
– A new creation joined to Christ living by the law of the Spirit free from sin and death, or
– A rotten corpse spreading death and decay, a slave of sin?
Father’s desire for each of us is to choose life. He proved it when he sent his beloved son, Jesus Christ to die for us. But Christ didn’t just die for/as us. Christ arose! Christ lives so that we also can be resurrected and walk in newness of life!