The Old Man

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 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 6:4-6

Romans chapter 6 deals with the issue of our new life in Christ.  We are said to be buried with Him in His death and raised with Him to walk in newness of life.  Verse 6 tells us about the “old man.”  The “old man” in the Scripture is not a reference to a male who happens to be old.  The “old man” in the Scripture refers to our flesh, our natural sinful nature.  That is the “old man.”  The “new man” refers to our new, alive spiritual nature that we receive from the Lord Jesus at salvation.

In this verse, the Bible tells us that “our old man is crucified with him.”  Our flesh was crucified with Jesus on the cross.  It is dead.  The reason for this is “that the body of sin might be destroyed.”  That inborn sinful nature is dead, left on the cross.  And, because of that glorious truth, “henceforth we should not serve sin.”  We don’t have to serve sin any more.  We don’t have to serve our flesh any more.  Before salvation, we were slaves to sin.  We served it and it ruled our lives, whether we realized it or not.  But now, we are freed from that.  Our “old man” has been crucified and we are free.

We know that we no longer have to serve sin.  Are we living in newness of life or are trying to serve sin and our crucified flesh?

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