We of the redeemed have chosen a life of spiritual realities. It was a monumental exchange, putting to death our old nature and putting on the living and active Jesus. It’s like we exchanged power sources; dirty ungrounded power for clean power, a life of flesh for a life of spirit, an earth-based life for a heaven-based life.
Anyone remember the old new car advertisements that went like this? “Bring your old car, in any condition; drivable or not, tow it in if you have to; and we’ll put you in a new car.” Our old lives were wrecks in comparison to what we have today. What we received in exchange is a priceless custom vehicle with more power and accessories than anything we could imagine fueled by high octane love.
“Could it be any clearer that our former identity is now and forever deprived of its power? For we were co-crucified with him to dismantle the stronghold of sin within us, so that we would not continue to live one moment longer submitted to sin’s power.” (Rom. 6:6, TPT)
“By Jesus’ sacrifice he died to sin’s power once and for all, but he now lives continuously for the Father’s pleasure. So let it be the same with you! . . . continually view yourselves as dead and unresponsive to sin’s appeal while living daily for God’s pleasure in union with Jesus, the Anointed One.” (vss. 10-11)