“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. ”
Dead Man Walking. This phrase is often used to describe prisoners on death row. Having been condemned to death, they walk around alive, yet waiting on their sentence to be carried out. A fearful thought. For the Christian, this phrase also describes their life. We were at one time condemned to death. A sentence handed down when, in the garden, Adam fell. Instead of being fearful, this thought is one of encouragement.
As you read what Paul has penned, you are able to sense the appreciation for what Christ had done for him and also his expectation of future care. Paul brings to our attention Christ’s crucifixion. Dying in our place. As Paul gave his life to Christ, he died to himself. He crucified the old nature and no longer lived for himself. Instead, Jesus was living in him. He was no longer his own. This new life was possible to him because of a sacrifice. There is a struggle within every one of us. The old nature is at war with the new nature. The old belief system is at war with the new belief system. It is through the crucified and risen Savior that we are able to crucify, or put to death, the old nature that will always plague us. This is a daily decision. A daily commitment. Daily, I must decide that Jesus will have first place in my life. Daily, I must decide that Christ’s name means more than my pride or want. Daily, I must decide to live in such a way that points others to the cross.
As Christians, we walk through this life alive in the Spirit and dead to self, sin, and pride, all because of a place called Calvary. We should live like dead men. After all, that is what we are.