Why must I die with Christ to my flesh?
God’s New Covenant teaching
Why must I die with Christ to my flesh to be freed from sin – and how?
Did Jesus Christ die to sin and to the sinful nature of human flesh, on the Cross?
Rom 6:10 For the death that He (Jesus) died, He died to sin once for all…
Rom 8:3 …God…condemned sin in human nature (judged it and sentenced it TEV to death) by sending his own Son, who came with a nature like man’s sinful nature (and then He died to it, on our behalf) to do away with sin.
For our sakes, Jesus Christ took on Himself a human nature or flesh in which the nature of sin resided, just like it does in ours (Heb 2:14). His human nature had to be sinful just like ours, otherwise He couldn’t be tempted in all points just like we are (Heb 4:15). However, unlike us, He never yielded to it. It was His sinful human nature, or flesh, that was nailed to the Cross. Clearly, Jesus, who arose and is now alive for evermore (Rev 1:18), died to that sinful human nature and to its sin, didn’t He?
Is it God’s earnest intent for each of us to participate in Christ’s death to sin– can we?
Rom 6:8 Now if we died with Christ we believe that we shall also live with Him.
How do we, in fact, die with Christ to sinful human nature and thus to the sin that resides there? By reckoning or believing God’s words, which say that we did, to be true. God’s words such as these:
Rom 6:6 Knowing this that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
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