We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. – Romans 6:6 ESV
What happens when we are born again? We don’t just become better people. Paul explained the change this way: Our “old self was crucified.” It was put to death. Through Jesus we have become new creatures.
This truth can be hard to understand. We still think in old ways sometimes. These are reasons Paul stressed the analogy of death for the transformation to be complete: “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death.” This is necessary that we “might walk in newness of life” (v. 4). In fact, we are new creatures in Christ.
The Bible encourages us to approach life in new ways, to realize why God gave us the Holy Spirit, to help us think in new ways, and to have power we don’t have in ourselves.
The “old self” thinks about the things of this world – our reputations and pleasures, our feelings and interests. But everything changes when we realize that “as far as this world is concerned, you are already dead, and your true life is a hidden one in Christ” (Colossians 3:3 Phillips).
Therefore we are to give our hearts “to the heavenly things, not to the passing things of earth” (Colossians 3:2 Phillips). We are to set our minds on things above.
Today, ask God to give you a deeper revelation of this new life. Truly walk in the Spirit, and don’t be controlled by your old self.
PrayerFather, I desire to walk in newness of life. Help me embrace the complete change that has taken place because of Jesus. In His name, amen.
Extended ReadingRomans 6