There’s No Doubt About It!December 30, 2014
A New Year’s LiberationJanuary 1, 2015
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: 6 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. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death has no more dominion over Him.
We have looked at most of the identity verses in the New Testament this year. Those are all the in Him, in Whom, by Him, in Christ, in Jesus, and many more. By now it is our hope you have a more perfect picture of who you are in Christ. You have seen all the things you are in Him, and have seen that He is everything you are and will ever be.
This passage sums up our identity in Jesus. Just as Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised again, that is our identity as well. That is our rebirth. Our old man, our old nature was crucified with Him. That was a completed fact, both when Jesus died on the Cross and some 2000 years later, when we believed in what He did.
When Adam sinned, he passed on that nature to us. When we identified with the finished work of Jesus by faith, that was the end of that old nature Adam gave us. We are dead to those old things. The old man was encumbered by sin and its effects on us. But now that we are dead to the old man we are dead to sin as well. A dead person can’t sin. We have been set free from sin. That is our place in Him. God sees us as dead to sin. He sees us in Jesus.
Furthermore, we have been made alive in Him. We also have the hope, that as Jesus was raised from the dead, we also will live with Him. Spiritually He lives in us. But one day we will see Him face to face. That is our hope through our identifying with Him by grace through faith.