Dead Man Walking

Paul received the revelation of exactly what happens to every believer the moment we surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  In the spirit realm, our old, sinful, selfish nature is nailed to the cross with Jesus. There was nothing easy, or pleasant on that cross for Jesus.  “That cross of old Roman times knew no compromise; …He was alive when they hung Him on that cross and completely dead when they took Him down six hours later.” (A.W. Tozer – The Radical Cross).  The cruelty of the cross was severe and final.  When that cross brought Christ’s life to an end, it also crucified, and brought to an end our first life, the old nature we had before we knew Jesus. When that life died, so did every legal hold and accusation the devil had over us! Then, the same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead, raised us too! That new life surged into our spirits, creating a brand new nature that resembles the resurrected, victorious Jesus!  Paul often refers to the need for us to continuously walk in the revelation that we can experience the power of the resurrection life of Jesus when we share in His sufferings; which are His death on the cross! We simply can’t have one without the other!  There is absolutely nothing about our old nature that should be allowed to live again in us! Not if we are going to live in the fullness of life, power, authority and victory Jesus paid for us to have. Decide today you are dead to your old life – and fully alive in Jesus – Who loves you and gave Himself for you!