Romans 6:6-11 (NIV)
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Romans 6:6-11 (MSG)
Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.
“We know that our old self [our human nature without the Holy Spirit] was nailed to the cross with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin. For the person who has died [with Christ] has been freed from [the power of] sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live [together] with Him, because we know [the self-evident truth] that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin [ending its power and paying the sinner’s debt] once and for all; and the life that He lives, He lives to [glorify] God [in unbroken fellowship with Him]. Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin [and your relationship to it broken], but alive to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus.” -AMPLIFIED
The child of God can know they no longer are slaves to sin. The old self was nailed to the cross and it no longer has dominion over them. The person who has died with Christ Jesus, sought His forgiveness, has been freed from the power of sin! Hallelujah!
The “old self” identifies our life before Christ; when we were dominated by the depraved nature that we had inherited from Adam. It was who we were before we found Christ, living in a state of rebelliousness and disobedience toward the Almighty One. That self was sinful, selfish, unforgiving, bitter, angry and hateful.
H. A. Ironside shared these thoughts on the old man: “My “old man” is not merely my old nature. It is rather all that I was as a man in the flesh, the “man of old,” the unsaved man with all his habits and desires. That man was crucified with Christ. When Jesus died I (as a man after the flesh) died too. I was seen by God on that cross with His blessed Son.”
This happened in order that sin would no longer have reign over us; we were no longer a slave to it. We have been bought with a price and we have been redeemed. “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” So let us be careful that we do not fall back into the old way of doing things.
The secret of victory over the flesh is found in knowing what sin is, looking it squarely in the face and telling it that it will not have dominion over you because you are a child of the King. Do not let sin reign in your body. Do not give the Devil an inch; for he will surely take a mile. Remember this truth and promise, “…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4b (NIV)
F.B. Meyer encourages us with these words: “Reckon that you have died, and whenever sin arises, to menace or allure you, point back to the grave, and argue that since you died in Christ, you have passed altogether beyond its jurisdiction, for you have yielded your members as weapons of righteousness unto God. And having been crucified with Christ, you now no longer live, but Christ liveth in you. Let it become your daily habit to place the grave of Jesus between yourself and all allurements of the world, the flesh, and the devil.” (Our Daily Homily)
Lord, you have freed me from the bondage of sin; it no longer has dominion over me. Sadly, when I am not focused on you it is very easy to fall back into old habits. Help me to live my life yielded to you so that no weapon formed against me will prosper. Help me to bring glory to your name and not shame. Fill me with your strength so that I can look sin in the eye and confidently say “No way”. That “old self” that I was, is no longer, it has been crucified with Christ. I am a new creature in you and I will submit to your ways in my life, dear Lord. I am yours 100%, Lord.