One of the more difficult aspects of our Christian faith to grasp is the identification process we go through spiritually when we are saved. In a moment of time, when we get born again, we are crucified, die, buried, raised and ascended with Christ our Lord and Savior. It is this process which allows us to go from death unto life.
At the heart of this incredible subject is Galatians 2:20 where it says:
“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.”
In the instant it takes to get born again, our old sinful nature is slain so that spiritually we can be raised from the dead with Christ and be seated with Him in heavenly places. Although we were crucified with Christ, Galatians said “nevertheless we live”. How can this be?
We did not physically die with Christ. What this is referring to is our old sinful nature being crucified with Christ. Jesus did not just die for our sins—our sins were crucified with Him on the cross. That which separated us from God was crucified and died with Christ.
Please take a moment and look at Romans 6:3-11:
“Know ye not that as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death?
4 Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, so we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,
6 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.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
9 knowing that Christ, being raised from the dead, dieth no more; death no more hath dominion over Him.
10 For in that He died, He died unto sin once; but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord”
We were crucified with Christ so that the body of sin might be destroyed, thus setting us free from sin. Through renewing our minds to the truth of God’s Word, we reckon ourselves dead unto sin and alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
As we reckon the old nature dead unto sin, we are able to live in the resurrected power of Christ. As we put off the old man and his deeds, we are set free from sin and its penalty—death. I pray this classic song by Phillips, Craig and Dean blesses you and helps you understand the simplicity and the awesomeness of not only what happened 2000 years ago at Calvary but what happened the instant we were saved.