Fresh Hope – 6th June 2019

Over 44 times in the book of Romans we are told that our old, sinful nature is dead and buried! At salvation, we are no longer a sinner! Jesus didn’t just die FOR us, He died AS us! 

Romans 6:6, ‘Could it be any clearer that our former identity is now and forever deprived of its power? For we were co-crucified with him to dismantle the stronghold of sin within us’.  

Unless we are digging it out of the grave, our old nature has truly been dead and buried! We are a new creation! (2 Corinthians 5:17). Therefore it is no longer in our nature to sin! Many Christians still believe that they are sinful people, and worthless! This is not only theologically incorrect, it is offensive to the price Jesus paid on the cross for you to have a new nature! In the words of Paul, ‘a dead person is incapable of sinning’ (Romans 6:7).  

 

So why then do we still make mistakes? Well, because we have forgotten who we are! We forget that we were also ‘RAISED with Christ … so that we could be empowered to walk in the freshness of new life’ (Romans 6:4). That is why we repent. Repent means to ‘return to the higher place’. Meaning, return to the higher way of thinking! Remember you are a new creation, it is no longer in your nature to sin. 

 

When we fully understand grace, we don’t wrestle with sin. Grace not only pays the price for our sin but also empowers us to live free from it. It gives us the power to do what we couldn’t do before.  

 

We are ‘immersed into union with Christ’ (Romans 6:3), so when we make choices that are contrary to our new nature (when we sin), that is when the Holy Spirit in us convicts. Conviction is a beautiful thing and the opposite of condemnation. Conviction reminds us of who we really are in Christ, while condemnation tells us that our behaviour is who we are. Conviction tells us we weren’t made for the sin we are engaging in and we are better than it, while condemnation uses shame and a sense of ‘worthlessness’.  

 

What you believe, you will attract in your life. If you believe you are a sinner, don’t be surprised if that is what you are attracting.  

 

At salvation, we are transformed. Our old nature died. It is impossible to be saved and still the same! 

 

If you are struggling with sin, instead of wrestling with something that Jesus said is dead, ask yourself:  

  • Do I truly understand the love of God towards me?  
  • Do I view myself as a new creation?  
  • Am I living in the finished work of the cross?  

 

There is nothing too big and bad in your life that God hasn’t killed, and buried! 

Emma Burchell

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