Word forWednesday

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. Romans 6:6

Some preachers can be funny. One preacher (I won’t name him just now) was talking to a group of us young Christians about our need to get past the thiongs in our old life if we want to amount to anything for our Lord. After all, he told us, even Abraham never made much progress for God until he had buried the old man. Not sure how Abram’s father Terah would have appreciated being called the old man, but it is true that Abraham’s call from God was on hold until after Terah had died in Haran. As today’s text notes, we also need to realize that some of the things from our past life need to go in our desire to serve our Lord and not serve sin.

Three times in our New Testament the apostle Paul refers to the old man. Here in Romans 6:6, he speaks of our old man being crucified with Christ. Crucifixion was the end of every body that ever experienced it. A crucified body was unable to ever serve again whatever master the person had known. So it is with our bodies, as far as our position before God is concerned. But practically, we are still living in our sinful bodies, and we need, as Christians, to reckon these bodies crucified and dead to sin, because they will slip back into sin if we allow them.

The old man is also mentioned in Ephesians 4:22: ‘That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts’. This reference reminds us of the corruption of the old man, of what we were and what we did before God saved us. Corruption speaks not only of the rotten nature of our former life, but of its temorary nature, a life that continues to grow more rotten until it dies. Why would we want to have anything to do with that? Especially, when we have been given a new life in Christ! Now that we are alive to God, we can immerse ourselves in the living and eternal things of God.

The third New Testament reference to the old man is in Colossians 3:9: ‘Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds’. As in Ephesians 4:22, this reference speaks of putting off the old man. Just as we put off a winter coat when the warm weather comes, so we are to put off the old man, with his deeds, now that we have entered into new life in Christ. Even the so-called little things like telling a lie are no longer to be part of our spiritual wardrobe. Instead, we are to put on the habits and attributes that glorify God, such as honesty, loving kindness, cheerfulness, and faithfulness. In other words, we are to pattern our life after the life of the Lord Jesus.

God has crucified the old man. Have we? God has put off the corruption and deeds of the old man. Have we? -Jim MacIntosh

Comments are closed.