Crucified With Christ

 

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin” – (Rom.6:6,7).

 

   I am preaching this sermon in thankfulness to the Lord Jesus for saving me on March 17, 1972. On that day, I knelt down over a footstool in a friend’s house and repented of my sins and believed on Christ in my heart and I become a new born again creature in Christ. As I knelt there with my eyes closed, God gave me a vision of Christ on the cross. I was just watching Him die for my sins, but then it seemed that I joined Him on the cross and all the burden of my sins fell away. Now I know what happened to me scripturally – I was crucified with Christ. The old Mike Storti died and a new Mike Storti started a new life in Christ.

 

   The old man is the man of old, the man we used to be before our new birth. The old man is dead, he has been crucified with Christ. At Calvary God destroys the body of sin in a true believer. In (Gal.2:20) we see the same thing again – “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” When a person is truly saved, he dies with Christ on the cross – he is spiritually crucified with Him. You must die with Christ before you can be born again.

 

   When Jesus hung on the cross, the people saw only one man dying on the cross, but God the Father saw many more. God saw more than the physical body of Christ – He saw the spiritual body of Christ, the Church of the living God. By grace Mike Storti was in Christ as He hung on the cross and what happened to Christ on the cross happened to me. And what happened to me happens to every born again believer in Christ. Until the Church is completed and raptured up to meet Christ in the air – we are crucified with Christ.

 

    The old man is the believer before he’s saved, totally depraved, unregenerate, lacking the life of God, possessed and dominated and controlled by his sinful nature. The person the believer was before he was born again is crucified with Christ in order that his physical body which before salvation was dominated by the evil nature, might be destroyed – made to cease. We were in bondage and captivity to our sinful nature and when we’re saved, we’re freed from sin – “For he that is dead is freed from sin.” We’re no longer a prisoner and our body a prison house but our body is now the house of God. Jesus quoted (Is 61:1) in His hometown synagogue in Nazareth at the beginning of His ministry – “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” And everyone that has been born again by Christ has had that happen to him – there are no exceptions. You become a new man, a new creature, crucified with Christ – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). The old things and the old man dies, it is passed away. You become a new Holy Spirit man.

 

   You become a new man immediately. The Bible doesn’t teach that the old man is to made over or improved or overhauled. We have scores of make-believe Christians who are up today and down tomorrow, shouting God’s praises today and in the gutter tomorrow. The reason they do this is that they reform, decide to do better, live better, and be better. Their conscience convicts them of their need to live right. But instead of permitting God to make them right by giving them a new heart, they try within their own power to remodel their heart and their life – and it’s impossible. The reason some cannot live right is that they have never been made right. I believe it’s possible for a born again person to backslide. But I believe that 90% of the people who claim to be backsliders have never been saved in the first place. They ‘joined,’ they ‘united,’ they made a ‘decision’ to live better, they made altar calls, but they’ve never been born again. They’ve never been crucified with Christ.

 

   In (vs. 7), the believer is pictured as a criminal in prison who has paid the penalty for breaking God’s laws. He was guilty, he deserved the second death in the lake of fire, he was sentenced to death, he died – and now there is nothing against him. Death’s prison bars are broken for him. He is freed from sin. The body of sin has been put out of business. – He’s no longer in bondage to sin.

 

I do believe, I now believe

That Jesus died for me;

And through His blood, His precious blood,

I am from sin set free!

 

   We do not ‘seek’ to be crucified with Christ by trying to live a life of good works and obeying the law. Many people talk about living ‘the crucified life,’ but that’s not what the Bible is talking about. We are not to seek to be crucified with Christ, the truly saved person has ‘already been crucified’ with Him. If you’re trying to live the crucified life, you are trying to crucify yourself, to save yourself. You cannot crucify yourself. When you nail one hand to the cross, who is gong to nail your other hand to the cross. You are crucified with Christ when you’re truly saved and born again – in an instant – and God does it, not you. Then you live for Christ. When you’re saved you experience the death and resurrection of Christ. You die and are born again.

 

   It is written in (Gal.5:24) “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lust” – (Gal.5:24). When Christ was crucified, the born again believer was crucified at the same time.

 

   Again it is written in (Gal.6:14) – “”But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” When you’re saved and crucified with Christ, the world is crucified unto you, the world is dead to you and you are dead to the world. And that’s why all the hatred and persecution comes upon us from the world. We are no longer a part of the world and worldly people – we are worlds apart.

 

   When you’re crucified with Christ and born again, you pass spiritually from the world – into the kingdom of heaven. You have changed your ancestry, your citizenship, and your master. You no longer belong to the world. Christ was not of this world and a true Christian is not either. “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” – (Jn.15:18,19).  The unsaved are at home in the world, they love the world, and the world loves them and they hate the born again saints of God because they are not of the world.

 

   True Christians are strangers and pilgrims on the earth. We are in the world but not of the world – (Jn.17:11,14,16). As He is, so are we in the world. We do not love the world or the things that are in the world (I Jn.2:15-17). We seek to do the will of God. We are non-conformists, refusing to be poured into the world’s mold. Society demands conformity. If you rise above its standards, it will persecute you. A crucified with Christ Christian is out of step with the world – he hears a different drummer. The herd dominance is broken. When Christ died, I died. Since Christ died to the world, I also have died to it. We are separated from the world unto Christ.

 

   The world hates Christ, so naturally it will hate true Christians. The world loves its own, those who toe the party line. But it has nothing but contempt for non-conforming believers. Often when a person is first saved, he is so enthusiastic, so bubbling with the joy of the Lord, that he expects his unbelieving relatives and friends to get saved the first time they hear the gospel. Instead he runs into a hornet’s nest of opposition – (Mt.10:34-36). His family accuses him of a holier-than –thou attitude. They were quite comfortable with him. But now they can’t cope with his Godly living. His friends condemn him because he no longer joins them in their wild partying – (I Pet.4:4).

 

   If the world loves a professing believer, that proves that he has never been born again. If a person claims to be a Christian and yet loves the world, that proves the love of the Father is not in him. James says it this way – “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God’ – (Jam.4:4). When you’re crucified with Christ your friends change. Your worldly friends are exchanged for Godly friends. Yes, “the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”

 

   Have you been crucified with Christ? Has your old man and old nature died with Christ on the cross? Are you born again with a Holy Spirit nature? Jesus said you absolutely must be saved and born again – “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again” – (Jn.3:6,7). The result of being truly saved is being born again. Born again describes everyone who has true salvation in Christ. You cannot be saved and yet not be born again. Don’t be deceived by Satan in this most important matter and don’t deceive yourself.

 

   Repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life typified by your new birth. Your fleshly birthday will one day cease but your spiritual birthday goes on for eternity. One day you can be a billion years old – IF

You’ve been crucified with Christ and born again

Eternal life is your Easter

 

You need to die with Christ to know what real life is.

 

 

Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705

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