The Old “I” life is Dead and the New “US” life lives.
I was talking with someone the other day who said that Christ came, died and rose again to help make their lives better and that Jesus came to help us become more like Him. It sounds good but I thought to myself “how does that match up with Paul’s pronouncement that he preaches only Christ and Him crucified”. I began to look and see that something within this thought believed that Christ did not destroy our rebellion from God and then made us NEW but simply gave us the power to change. I believe that Paul was one who was very clear on this point – The real thing Jesus did was destroy the old independent way of living and rebirth us anew into Christ’s community. This is the Kingdom come.
We know that our old life died with Christ on the cross so that our sinful selves would have no power over us and we would not be slaves to sin. Anyone who has died is made free from sin’s control.
(New Century Version)
This is what is meant by Freedom in Christ! Freedom and sin’s control don’t go together. The freedom we have in Christ is our being released from the power of the independant flesh and able to live in fellowship and community with the Spirit. The “I” has died with Christ on the cross! It’s not a future event, it has already happened. We are free from sin’s control i.e. Adam’s rebellion and independance from God. We are no longer waiting to be set free from sins control. Our sin i.e. (independance from God) was nailed to the cross and died in Christ! We were then raised with Him in the One New Man which is a corporate man. If we believe what Paul is saying we accept the fact that you and I as independant beings died that day 2000 years ago. Before I was even born “I” died, wow! What a thought. I guess that follows with our older brother who was crucified before creation had even happened – good luck on figuring that one out!