For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Old Self New Self
The Bible states that there is a self that people have which needs to be done away with. There is a new self which replaces it.
What is the nature of the old self? It is sometimes associated in scripture with the term ‘sarx’ or ‘flesh’. It is a self which is focused on this world as its priority. Although this world is a priority to God, it is not the top priority. We keep our minds fixed on things above, and then we come down to earth with a heavenly attitude. Unfortunately many people who call themselves Christians get wrapped up in the affairs of this world and lose a heavenly perspective.
The old self lacks confidence and courage, because eternal security comes only to the new self. The old self demands attention but deserves none. The new self lies obscured under the rotting flesh that hides it.
Consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Jesus Christ.
Dear father, I wrestle with the false self. I often think that I am defined by my emotions but when I work against my fears and pain, I find that I am called to a life set apart for you. Give me the courage to be your version of me.
- How does the passage describe the old self?
- What does it have to say about the new self?
- Why does Paul want believers to know the difference between old and new self?
- How would you describe your problems with the old self?
- What new self qualities would you exhibit more as you died to the old self?