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Does the Bible Teach That We Crucify Ourselves? - Part 1
 
Romans 6:5-6 (NKJV) 

5  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 
6  knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 

"The Bible never instructs us to crucify ourselves either physically or spiritually. Precisely the opposite is the truth. We are told that when Christ went to Calvary He took us there and had us (past tense) crucified with Him. We are not taught to begin crucifying ourselves now; instead the Scriptures assure us that our old man (all that we inherited in Adam via the fallen sin nature and we all have one) was dealt with at the same time Christ went to the cross. Romans 6:6 alone is sufficient substantiate this. There is not the remotest idea conveyed of desiring to crucify ourselves, nor does the Word in the slightest sense imply that our crucifixion awaits realization. The verse in Romans 6 permits no room for doubt when it categorically pronounces that we WERE crucified with Christ, a fact already accomplished (the Greek word for "crucified" is in the aorist tense which means a completed action in time past). This is truly the effect of the most precious phrase in the Bible--"In Christ". It is because we are IN HIM and are united with Him that we can say that when Christ went to the cross we went there IN HIM, that when Christ was crucified we too were crucified IN HIM. What a wonderful reality that we are IN CHRIST." 

However mental assent of this truth will not work in our lives. We must know it by revelation of the Spirit. I will discuss this in tomorrow's Insight For Today.

A full rendering of this subject is Watchman Nee's, The Spiritual Man, Volume I, pages 135-138.

Allen B.

Does the Bible Teach That We Crucify Ourselves - Part 2?

In the previous Insight For Today, we talked about what it means to be crucified with Christ - the key to triumphant faith living. As we mentioned, mere mental assent of this truth will not keep the flesh at bay. If you have read my articles for some time, you know I talk a lot about revelation faith - that which is revealed to our spirits by the Holy Spirit (May I say again, the Holy Spirit NEVER imparts divine truth to the mind for it is part of the fallen sin nature; revelation knowledge is deposited directly into our newborn spirits when we are born again from above, then the Holy Spirit who dwells within our new spirit, gives the mind understanding of what the spirit knows (our spirit). Few even know they have the Holy Spirit. You ask a Baptist if they know they have the Holy Spirit and they either give you a blank look or quote some Scripture that says the Holy Spirit indwells us but they do not know personally if that is the case or how it is true. Likewise, if you ask a Charismatic if they have the Holy Spirit and they will usually respond with they speak if tongues as evidence they have the spirit. Neither of those responses are valid. 

"The Holy Spirit of God must reveal how we are in Christ and how we are united with Him. He must also show us distinctly how our old man was crucified with Christ for the simple reason that we are in Christ. This cannot be simply a mental comprehension; it must be a disclosure of the Holy Spirit. When a truth is unfolded by the Lord God, it most naturally becomes a power in man, who then finds himself able to believe. Faith comes through revelation (rhema word). Without this revelation the former is impossible. This explains why many do not have faith, for though they mentally understand they do not have the Lord's revelation. Therefore, we must pray until God gives us the revelation so that knowing this in our spirit, we may truly confess that our old man has been in fact crucified with Christ." 

Why is this co-crucifixion with Christ so important? The old man (our old sin nature and everything we inherited from Adam) must be put to death with Christ in order that the body of sin is annulled and the soul (natural man) loses its hold on the mind, will and emotions of man to the sovereign control of our reborn spirits. All sin is eventually manifest in the body that is why the old man must be crucified in Christ. Christ does the crucifixion and we submit or yield to this truth by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is in essence the Spirit filled life. 

Until we grasp this truth, we shall live by the power of the natural man thinking we are living by the Spirit and pleasing to the Lord. The flesh and the efforts of the natural man are never pleasing to the Lord, yet that is where the majority of Christians live 24/7.  

May the Holy Spirit impart this truth deep within our spirits so the devil cannot have any advantage over us.

Allen B.

For a complete treatment of this truth, see Watchman Nee's book, The Spiritual Man, Volume 1, page 136.