Summary of passage: We are united with Christ in his death and resurrection. We are no longer slaves to sin since Christ’s death has freed us from sin. Since Christ rose from the dead, he lives! As do we.
9) In death, resurrection, and life.
10) The old self (our sin nature) is you before you accepted Christ as your Savior–the one patterned after Adam and who rebels and resists God and His commands. Once you believe in Christ you were inhabited by the Holy Spirit and changed. You are made new in righteousness and holiness!
11) Personal Question. My answer: I thank God for all aspects of choosing me to be saved, making me holy and righteous and able to stand before God for all of eternity. I know He’s set me free from sin.
Conclusions: Weak lesson. Very, very weak especially since two questions are on different Biblical passages.
End Notes: All three are essential: united with Christ in death, resurrection and life.
Your old self must die because it can never measure up to God’s standards. Once Christ died and was resurrected our new self is obedient to God and seeks Him out. Evil is still in us but now we abhor it and it has no power over us.
You may ask: Why do we still sin then if our old self is dead? Our old self is distinct from the flesh, which is our inner desires, passions, and impulses that play out in our mind, our will, and our emotions. This is the daily battle we must fight to overcome.
The flesh is remnants of your old self. It is influenced by the world, which is in a constant battle to overcome God, and the devil attacks us through the flesh.
Our job/challenge is to strengthen our new self in order to overcome the flesh. We do this through prayer and Bible study and God’s words and being cognizant of it. It will increasingly exert itself to where this struggle is lessened and lessened.
Jesus’s death broke our slavery to sin and death since now we have eternal life.
Our new life is a life we live to God–we live the life God wants not the life we want. Ezekiel predicted this in Ezekiel 36:26: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
We now want to do God’s will and with practice and perseverance we will overcome!