Buried Into Christ’s Death
Buried Into Christ’s Death
The Christian is a constant reckoning of the flesh as death and a constant relying on the present of the Holy Spirit. crucified and Buried Into Christ’s Death. The principle of sin is right inside the human natural man as his home so that when you have an intention and urge to do what is right, there will be no power to carry it out. But to Christians, our old self has been crucified with Christ.[Rom 6:6]. God has brought about and requires us to “know” it and to “reckon” it.[Rom 6:11] In this identification with the cross, we die to sin and to the self-life. We “rise with Christ” and are “alive to God”.[Col 2:12][Rom 6:8]
Paul asks: “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein? Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?” (Rom. 6:1-3, R.V.)
Each and every believer has been baptized by the Spirit into Christ
To be crucified and Buried Into Christ’s Death. Note that Paul does not say we have actually died, neither is he saying we are literally “dead to sin.” But Paul is saying that which is true of every believer, namely, that he is dead to sin through his union with Christ. Each and every believer has been baptized by the Spirit into Christ. “He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” one with the Crucified.
When Christ took upon Himself my humanity, apart from which He could never have borne the penalty for my sins, He made me one with Himself. He not only died for me, but I died with Him. Took me with Himself into death, and His death was my death to sin. He took me through the Cross, down into the tomb, and out of the tomb on and beyond the reach of sin’s dominion. This is the great basic fact.
The Holy Ghost says to you and to me: Know ye–know that Christ took your place, fastened you to Himself (Himself being in your very humanity), crucified and Buried Into Christ’s Death. He took you into death, and through death out into glorious resurrection and emancipation from sin’s dominion.
What a revival would break out, what a mighty blessing would come down if only everyone who read these words would claim the fullness of the Holy Spirit now! as a believer “I am crucified with Christ”. My being a Christian “makes inevitable a crucified life.
We must die to self
[Mark 8:34] Our self-life has died with Him. We must now agree to this, as it were, sign our own death sentence.
We must choose to dethrone self. It is only as we are united with Christ’s death in the spirit of faith that we are cut off from the corrupting power of the self-life. It has been said: “We are so addicted to self, so wrapped up in self, so entwined with self, so infatuated with self, that our spiritual natures cannot be centered in God in a deep union of love, without a violent contradiction of our old natures. This is the secret of the cross. It slays the old life.” (FJ Huegel)
Each time I come up against some particular sin, let me there say: I died to that in Christ. If it be a worldly attraction: I am crucified to the world and the world unto me. If it be proud, haughty self, again let me reckon: One died for all, all died. Then I should not, and need not, live unto myself–I am dead to my selfish pride and conceit and haughtiness.
We must die daily to all self-righteousness, self-seeking, self-pity, self-justification, self-esteem, and every other self-glorying manifestation of the self-centered flesh.
We must “lose our lives” in order to find them.
Jesus said that only as we were willing to lose our lives could we save them and become His servants.[John 12:25] He spoke of the “corn of wheat” which must fall into the ground and die in order to germinate and produce growth and harvest.[John 12:24] He thus spoke of His need, and our need, to die on the cross. Every vestige of our old self-motivated natural life must be “lost”. Those things which we have counted as gain to us, we must count as loss in order to win Christ. Such “gains” may include our culture, our upbringing, our attainments.
Crucifying the flesh and the world
Those who belong to Christ Jesus must crucify the self-centred flesh with its desires.[Gal 5:24] Only when this is done, then can the individual soul and the church of Jesus flourish? We must not “love the world or the things of the world”,[1 John 2:15] nor must we have “prides of life”.[1 John 2:16] We are to “boast in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ through which the world is crucified to us and we to the world”.[Gal 6:14] For We are no longer of the world’s spirit, but of the Spirit of God.
Reckoning also includes rejection of sin.
Paul says: “Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin,” and then adds, “Let not sin therefore reign.” We should not let sin reign. That we already know. But better still, we need not let sin reign since we died and passed through death into resurrection beyond sin’s dominion. Sin has no claim over those united to the Crucified, and sin “shall not have dominion” over those who yield themselves entirely to the Holy Spirit. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2). But as long as we have any controversy with the Holy Spirit we cannot escape sin’s dominion.
But we cannot experience this truth of our union with Christ in death and resurrection by a mere lip profession or determined assertion. No imitation will avail. There must be a living participation by the Spirit through a new death to self. I cannot draw upon the life of the Crucified without admitting a new vital fellowship with Him in His death. I have the new life as I refuse the old–at the Cross. As I yield all to the power of His death I shall be “in the likeness of his resurrection.”