“You Gotta Die Before You Live” is the name of the song [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeDb5WdFHS0 ].
That really sums up the gateway into the Christian walk. The old sinful self must die on the cross with Christ, and then by believing in His resurrection, we, too, are “raised to walk in a newness of life.” There is no watering it down; no excuses. “The soul that sins must die.” That’s the law laid down in the beginning. Man is born with unwanted sinful compulsions. In the Adamic nature, he is born into a slavery to sin. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Sin dwells in the unregenerated human, making them do incredibly selfish sinful things to others. Who can deliver man from such bondage to sin? (Rom. 7: 15-25).
We Christians know that it is God through His Son that has provided the key to unlock the chains of sin from our hearts. He said that He would deliver us from sin, but we have been told that you’ll be a sinner till the day you die, that you cannot stop sinning; just ask forgiveness. Many precious Christian souls are wrestling with the sin question as we speak.
“Sinner till the day you die…” The irony would be laughable if it weren’t so serious. For death is the way out of the slavery of continual sinning. Not the physical death of the body, but it is the spiritual death of the old Adamic heart and nature within. That is the ticket to freedom.
What again is the answer to this dilemma?
Our Old Nature Must Die on the Cross
So how does one get out of the bondage of sin and sinning? How do we deal with this sin problem in our lives? The scriptures say that “He shall save His people from their sins.” How does this happen? Can we ever get in a “right” state with God? What must we do? There is only one thing to do with the carnal sinful self and that is to confess our depraved state, identify it with Christ on the cross, and let it die. There is only one way for the body of sin to be destroyed for the old sinful Adamic nature; it must be crucified. But we cannot really do anything to bring this on. It is a total work of God that has already been done—at the cross. We cannot do anything to deserve this wonderful deliverance from this death caused by sin and sinning. All He wants us to do is believe what He has already done to deliver us from the bondage of sin.
First, we must know this one thing: our old man, our old ego, our old self, our old nature, our old heart, our old carnal nature, the flesh, the depraved body of sin within us—it is put to death with the sacrificial Lamb. 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.
Paul did not say that our old sinful nature was going to be taken care of some day when we all get to heaven. No! He said that it is dead, already put to death on the cross! That is not a misprint or a mis-translation. The sacrificial Lamb of God took our sins upon Him at the time of His death. He was our scapegoat, as when the Levitical priest laid hands on the goat transferring the sins of the people onto it. Christ died as a sinful lost man that day, for He “was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin that we may be made the righteousness of God in Him” (II Cor. 5:21).
He wants us to believe this—that our sinful nature died with Him on the cross, and that we was buried with Him, and that we were raised up with Him as well. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. Romans 6:5.
Is this hard for us to believe? Is it hard to have faith in this teaching? Yet the elect will believe this word. The others will fall as the children of Israel did through unbelief. For you see that God is not asking us to do anything except believe what He has already done for us. He first believed in His work in us long before we got here on this earth.
Entering the State of Being Right with God
And if we believe His word on this, then He will reckon a righteous status unto us. He will lay to our account that we are righteous in His eyes. For it is God who makes the dead-in-sin come to life and imputes righteousness unto them because they believe Him. Even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Romans 4:17.
Our part is to surrender our old sinful selves unto the cross. Because of our faith in His redemptive sacrifice by surrendering unto death our own sinful heart, then He says, “You are now my child, and you are now righteous in My sight. You are welcome into my arms of love and mercy. Just walk in it by forgiving others and doing my words. For it is not you that are doing it, for you are dead now, my sons and daughters. It is the Spirit of the living God that I have dispatched into your hearts. It is the Spirit of Christ within you who I recognize as the one motivating spirit of your life. And soon you will be able to truthfully say what Paul said to the Galatians.” I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Gal. 2:20.
When we simply believe His apostle’s word and identify our depraved carnal nature with the Lamb that day, and surrender to the punishment of death to that old selfish way of life, then He is pleased. That faith pleases Him very much, for we believe the report that He has given us concerning the Savior.
“Righteousness” is the upright walk in God’s ways and laws. If one is righteous in God’s eyes, then He approves of their walk of faith. Our old carnal Adamic nature can never please God, for it cannot keep the ten commandment law. But there was one who did, even the Savior Himself. Our part is to just believe that He is living within, for He is the Spirit, and His Spirit within keeps us in that righteous condition in God’s eyes. Remember that He is the one who “calls those things that be not as though they were.” He believes in His own sacrificial power; He can’t go back on it. If we believe what He believes about us in our redeemed position with Him within, then we are walking in faith.
[The above is an excerpt from The Unveiling of the Sons of God. You may read a portion of it here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/ebook-the-unveiling-of-the-sons-of-god/ or you may order a free copy of the trade paperback–details here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/donate/ ] Kenneth Wayne Hancock