Last year, I taught on the book of Romans and addressed a variety of topics, including the fact that the old man is dead (Rom. 6:6). But the Lord told me to make a whole teaching specifically about the old man so that people could really understand it.
There are a lot of people who use terminology about their old man being dead, yet they find that it “resurrects” every morning. That’s because they’re still identifying with having a fallen sinful nature. That is detrimental to Christian growth.
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
The Scripture says, in Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” If you think you’re still dead in trespasses and sins—and that you’ve also got a new nature—then you’re schizophrenic. It’s just a matter of time until that old nature dominates you because that’s who you think you are.
But that shouldn’t be the case for any born-again child of God. You don’t have a part of you that’s separated from God. If you’re born again, your nature has been completely changed! The only thing still compelling you to live the way you did before you got born again is the fact that you haven’t renewed your mind.
When I first started ministering, I had some time to minister in the local jails. I recall talking with one of the men through the bars. I was saying, “If I had the power to free you, and I just opened the door and said, ‘You’re free!’ you’d be freed. But that doesn’t mean you’d be free. You have to believe you’re free and then act on it by getting off your bunk and walking out the door.”
A similar thing happened when Abraham Lincoln announced the emancipation of slaves in 1863. The Confederate States didn’t think it applied to them, so they didn’t even tell their slaves about the Emancipation Proclamation. Then, on June 19, 1865, these Texas slaves heard from Union soldiers that they had been freed over two years earlier. Imagine how they must’ve felt hearing that they had been free all along—they just didn’t know it.
The same concept applies to us. Jesus has totally set us free. When we were born again, the old man died with Christ.
Born-again believers do not have a sinful nature (Rom. 6:6–7). We’ve been freed! But if you somehow or another still believe that you are by nature a sinner, then you’ll still let that sin nature influence you.
It is because the old man is dead in the believer that Paul can give the exhortation in Romans 6:12, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” The word therefore means it’s referring to the previous things that were said—which is that your old man is dead. And because you are no longer enslaved to the old man, you can do what
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
This is an awesome truth, yet it’s contrary to most religious teaching. That doesn’t make it wrong though. You just have to renew your mind. Part of renewing your mind is reckoning yourself to be dead in the same way that Christ is dead unto sin (Rom. 6:11).
Jesus only died unto sin once, and you only die unto that old sin nature one time. The Bible says your old man is dead, and it does not resurrect every morning. If you really understood that it’s not your nature to live in sin anymore, then you would be free from sin.
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