From Pastor’s Desk:
Romans 6:6-7 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin– 7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
The only way we can be no longer slaves to sin is the realization that we are slaves to sin and that positively no one but Christ can help us be fee from that bondage. Once we have been set free, that is, taken out of sin and sin taken out of us, then it is our task to crucify our old self.
The struggle some people have with sin would be so unnecessary if they could buy realize that Jesus Christ has taken our old self with all its sins to the cross and hung them there.
However, there is a very important part for us to play in the overall scheme of this. Later, in verses 12 – 13, Paul says, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” He also said in 1 Corinthians 9:27, “…I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
A few words and phrases are worth considering in that passage.
“Under my body,” or hupōpiazō (hoop-o-pee-ad’-zo) is to hit under the eye (buffet or disable an antagonist as a pugilist), that is, (figuratively) to tease or annoy (into compliance), subdue (one’s passions): – keep under, weary.
“Subjection,” or δουλαγωγέω oulagōgeō (doo-lag-ogue-eh’-o) is to be a slave driver, that is, to enslave (figuratively subdue): – bring into subjection.
“Castaway” may very well be the most significant word of the verse. It is ἀδόκιμος adokimos (ad-ok’-ee-mos); unapproved, that is, rejected; by implication worthless (literally or morally): – castaway, rejected, reprobate.
Crucifixion of self is not an easy task. Most of us have great difficulty doing it. But don’t lose hope! If God knew there was no hope of crucifying self, He would not have put the principle of doing so in the word.