“If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with” (Romans 6:5-6a).
Who you were before you got saved was nailed to the cross. Now the question is this. If you’re old “you” was nailed to the cross, how come the old “you” is still kicking?
Any mortician will tell you that cadavers can do very interesting things. For example, a dead person’s hair and nails continue to grow for a period of time. One mortician told me that the cadaver sometimes quivers on the table, which explains why I will never be a mortician.
One mortician told me that on one occasion, the cadaver had a muscular nerve reaction and actually set up on the table….which means if I were there, there would have been two dead people in the room.
But it never bothers a mortician, because he will tell you that “Even though there may be the quivering, setting up, jumping, nail and hair growing actions of life, he knows and acts on something that the average person doesn’t understand, and that is that dead is dead even when it acts alive.
So it is with you and me who are crucified with Christ. Even though sin still rears its ugly head because the sin principle is still around, you’ve got to know that it’s your old cadaver wanting to act like its alive. But you must recognize that it’s dead because it was crucified.
“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin– because anyone who has died has been freed from sin” (Romans 6:6-7).