I have always been a student of history. Not only is it fascinating to learn about generations past, but knowing our history can give us great insight into our present. The Bible is full of it. Of course, it is much more than a history book, but great records of history can be found within the pages of Scripture. We can learn about God’s creation, the saints of old, and the church. There is, however, another very important historical narrative found within our Bible that often get’s overlooked.
How can we who dies to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death…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. -Romans 6:1-6
Did you catch it? There is rich history contained within these few verses. Let’s take a closer look:
- How can we who died to sin still live in it? (v. 2)
- Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death. (v.3)
- We were buried therefore with Him. (v. 4)
- We know that our old self was crucified with Him… (v. 6)
The history is ours. This idea of dying to the old self and being crucified with Christ is not some abstract concept but an actual historic event. We are not going to die to sin, but have already died to sin. We are not going to be baptized into Christ, but were already baptized into Christ. We are not going to be buried with Him, but were already buried with Him. Our old self is not hanging around waiting to be crucified, but was already crucified with Christ.
These things are never spoken of as if to occur in the future, but always as having already happened. They are historic facts, and historic facts are not up for debate.
This is not to say that you will not struggle with sin or experience hints of the old self creeping back up from time to time. What it does mean, however, is that when Satan tries to tell you that your old self is still alive, you can say, with history on your side, that the old self has been crucified with Christ.
What sin entangles you today? What lies is the enemy telling you about yourself? Whatever it might be, you have history on your side. It’s all fact, friend.
Embrace your history.