I have a fascination with mummies.
Richard and I went to Milwaukee Public Museum to see the Mummy Exhibit they have on display right now. It was fascinating to see how much effort people put into preserving their dead. They were cleaned with precious oils, preserved with painstaking care, and buried with treasures they placed value on in life. Elaborate coffins were made for them and, if you were really special, you might get a fancy pyramid for your corpse. Seeing all those dead bodies reminded me of an important Biblical truth-the death of our old man – our sin nature.
Rom 6:6-7 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.
Yep, he is dead. He was crucified with Christ when we accepted Christ as our sin payment. So why is it we try to preserve our old man? Sometimes we grieve his death, we may try clean him up a bit and make him look pretty so other people won’t think he is as offensive. Sometimes we glorify him and the “fun” we used to have when he was alive. But really, he is still a dead, stinky corpse that we drag around with us. He is not attractive to those around us. I mean, who wants to hang around someone who smells dead despite our best efforts. We don’t accept the fact that he is dead. Bury him! He should have no more influence over us. Like an overbearing parent who has passed on, we should give no consideration to what his opinions were when he was alive. He will ruin our lives if we continue to give him power and honor. Be the free person that Christ made you when He nailed the old man of sin to the cross, and revel in the new nature He has given us.
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
We have been given a new man to take the place of the old one.
Eph 4:24 … put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
God never takes something away without giving something infinitely better to take its place. Old man move over the new man is here! A new man with the spirit of Christ. Live in the new man, not in the old. He smells much better. 😉
2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: