I1 AM [HAVE BEEN] CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST;
NEVERTHELESS I2-LIVE; YET NOT I,3.
BUT CHRIST LIVETH IN ME;4 AND THE LIFE WHICH I5-NOW
LIVE IN THE FLESH I6--LIVE BY THE FAITH OF [IN]
THE SON OF GOD, WHO LOVED ME7- AND GAVE
HIMSELF FOR ME.8
[The superscript numbers above are the references to
I or me in this verse. They are
explained in detail in the following sections. ed.]
I Am [have been] Crucified With Christ
- It is extremely important that you get this first
I correctly identified and correlated. It is,
for one thing, you, as a Christian. It is you, whom God
conceived in His heart, and chose in Christ
before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4).
Same Difference - You are the
identical being, entity, of the Fathers personal
choice and making, and that will never change throughout
eternity--a forever person!
When God positioned you in union with Adam, and when Adam
fell, you--being Adamic--were born into this world a dead-unto-God
and alive-unto-sin, lost soul. The same original person,
but your life and nature were Adamic.
Back On Track - Then you were
saved you became Adamic in another sense: Christ, the
Last Adam, became your life and nature. So here you are,
finally, in Christ, the chosen one
conceived in eternity. Right back where you started from!
Just how did God get you from the condemned Adam, to the
accepted in the Beloved Adam (Eph. 1.6)?
Understandably, you might reply, Well, Jesus
saved me by paying for all my sins in His own Blood on
the Cross; Jesus paid it all.
Infinitely More! - But, dear
friend, if you are going to halt there, and settle for
that (as most of the Church has), you might just as well
eradicate Galatians 2:20 from the Book--not to mention
It is blessedly true that the Saviour died on the Cross
to pay the death-penalty, and forgive all your sins--past,
present, and future. But what about you--the Adamic source
of all those sins?
If God had forgiven you while in Adam, you would have
been nothing more than a forgiven sinner. And neither God
nor heaven can accept a sinner, whether forgiven, or
Condemnation - You as an Adamic
sinner were not forgiven; that would simply mean starting
all over as a first-Adam person. As in Adam all die
(1 Cor. 15:22). Instead of forgiving sin, God
sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful [Adamic]
flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh (Rom.
Identification - The means by
which God accomplished this transfer from
Adam to Adam, was to make His Son, while on the Cross (not
before), to be made your sin. For He hath made Him,
who knew no sin, to be sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21).
God identified your sin, and you, the sinner, with
His Son who was made to be sin on Calvary. Under the
condemnation and judgment of sin, not sins, Christ
was crucified and died. And you likewise, as identified
with Him: Likewise, reckon ye also
yourselves to have died indeed unto sin... (Rom. 6:11a).
As has been well stated: Our sins were dealt with
by the Blood, we ourselves were dealt with by the Cross.
The Blood procures our pardon, the Cross procures our
deliverance from what we were in Adam. The Blood can wash
away my sins, but it cannot wash away sin,
my old Adamic man; I need the Cross to crucify me--the
From Old To New - Thus we have our
first I, you, crucified with Christ. And when
you were taken down into that death unto sin, you were
thereby separated from Adam.
Once separated, freed from your relationship of death
to the first Adam and his sin, God re-created you in
Christ, the Last Adam, that we might be made
the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5.21).
Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creation; old [Adamic] things are passed away [positionally];
behold, all things are become [positionally] new (2
Actually, you are a trinity: the eternal you, the first
Adam you, and the Last Adam you. Initially, the eternal,
elect, chosen one; then, identified with the first and
fallen Adam; and finally, in union with the Last Adam--while
remaining one and the same eternal person.
Sacrificial Life Out Of Death - As
a Christian, with Christ as your Life, you constitute a
crucified individual. As such you are positionally dead
to sin and your sinful Adamic life (Rom. 6:11); dead to
the world (Gal. 6:14); and dead to the law (Gal. 2:19).
The nature of your new life is that of your sacrificial
Lord. For we who live [in Christ) are always
delivered unto death for Jesus sake, that the life
also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
So then death worketh in us, but life in you [others]
(2 Cor. 4:11, 12). Life out of death--the way up is down.
The Living Dead - You remember how
Adam died positionally. God said to him, But
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt
not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof
thou shalt surely die (Gen. 2:17).
And the very day that Adam sinned he died spiritually,
judicially, positionally. He became dead to God
and alive to sin, but he lived on for seven centuries
before he died physically. By this one man sin
entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death
passed upon all men (Rom. 5:12).
The same positional principle applied to you as an Adamic
individual. That old life was judged, condemned, and
crucified with Christ on the Cross. However, God allows
that old life and nature to live on in you as a born-again
believer - and it will continue to do so until your death
(not quite 700 years), or the Rapture, whichever comes
Norman Douty explains the facts in this matter:
The NT teaches that the old Adamic man is positionally
dead in virtue of the Cross of Christ, but it nowhere
says it will become experientially dead by faith in that
fact. What it does say is, that when counting on that
fact the indwelling Adamic life will lose its governing
power over me.
In Romans 6 we find that through the death of
Christ unto sin, sin shall not have dominion over you -
the thought is one of bondage, ruling, governing,
dominating, reigning. There is no such view presented in
the Word as the eradication of its presence, but the loss
of its governing ability, by faith.
In the death of the Cross the old man was crucified
(Rom. 6:6). It is not annihilated, but it has lost its
throne. We will feel it there, but we are to reign in
life - His Life. It is a greater testimony to the grace
and power of the Father to let that old life be in us and
give us dominion over it, than to remove it to begin with.
We want to get clear that the Father does not mean
to improve that old life on the one hand, nor eradicate
it on the other. The fact that it does not improve is not
a sign that we are not growing in the new life. And the
fact that it is still within does not mean that we are
not growing in Christ, who is our Christian Life.
More Irresponsibility - Error
breeds corruption, in that a little leaven leaveneth the
whole lump (Gal. 5:9). Reformed- Covenant error A
spawns their error B. Their first error is
that man is so dead that he cannot believe in order to be
saved, , unless he is first regenerated and given the
gift of faith.
This eliminates responsibility for the sinful activity of
the indwelling old man. Romans 6:6 states that the old
man was crucified - a positional fact, completed
at Calvary. But. Covenantism disregards positional truth
and considers this verse to be experiential.
For them, therefore the old man, having been crucified,
is dead and gone, extinct. But, death is not extinction.
In Romans 6:6 it says, knowing this, that our
old man is crucified with Him. In other words, the
old man is dead, destroyed, removed ... it isnt
You dont have an old man any more. The moment
we believed in Christ, by a miracle our old man died.
--John F. MacArthur (Tape G.C. 2147)
Your old self and your old man are gone forever. He
is dead, buried, gone forever. --Neil Anderson (Victory
Over the Darkness, p. 77).
With the old man extinct, sin in the life of the believer
is designated as old habits, residual
sin, old grave clothes, etc. Some
eradicationists put the blame on Satan. It is not, Satan
made me do it, but Satan did it!
Satan accomplishes his goal through your thought
life, masquerading as the now defunct old man.
It will seem as if the old man were alive and well. But
if he is, Gods Word is not true. The Evil Ones
strategy is to disguise himself in your thought life
as your old man.
Listen to me: there is no such thing as positional
truth. The Bible speaks only of truth and deception.
The term positional truth is simply Satans
deception. --Bill Gillham (Lifetime Guarantee, pp.
Doctrinal Delinquency - When it
comes to doctrine, the intellectually-inclined
Covenantists operate on an embarrassingly low level of
intelligence. They do not realize that death never means
extinction, but that it ever means separation!
Ongoing Adam - The Adamic old man
is in the same position as its original source. God
pronounced and considered the first Adam spiritually,
positionally, dead on the very day that he sinned. The
wages of sin is death.
In that position of being dead to God and alive to sin,
Adam lived on for centuries, producing an entire race of
dead-to-God people, before he died physically,
The same positional principle applies to your life. You
are related to Adam in your Adamic self-life, and were
positionally crucified when identified with Christ in His
death, not for sin, but unto sin.
As a Christian, God has chosen to have that old condemned
and crucified life live on in your mortal body. While you
are not responsible for its presence, you are responsible
for its ever sinful activity in your daily life.
Thou Art, The Man! -
It is essential to carefully identify this fleshly old
man within. He is not just the old grave clothes
(MacArthur), nor energy force, nor residual
sin (Solomon, Stanley, Kroll), nor Satan and his
demons (Anderson, George, Gillham, Needham).
Not at all! The old man is you - none other! It is
your unconverted life; the fleshly, seething, ever-present
source of sin in your Christian life.
Paul said, For I know that in me (that is, in my [Adamic]
flesh) dwelleth no good thing (Rom. 7:18). Even if
you were saved at the tender age of four, that pre-conversion
old (young) Adamic life has all the potential of
The Adams - There are but two
sources of life - the first Adam of sin, and the Last
Adam of holiness. As a Christian, you have each of those
lives and natures in residence. At the same time, you are
no longer in union, in relationship, with your old Adamic
life - your death with Christ having resulted in positional
Faith In The Facts - Your death on
the Cross broke the power of the old man, broke the power
of sin as personified by your Adamic life. But the
Christian life is one of faith, and the power of sin and
self yields only to the exercise of faith in compliance
with the Word of God and reliance upon the Spirit of God.
The Word says to reckon yourself as a new creation in
Christ, having died to sin. It is a matter of relying
upon the finished work of the Cross to free you from the
defeating power of sin and Adamic self (Rom. 6:11).
It is the Holy Spirit who responds to that faith, by
applying the death of the Cross to the source of
indwelling sin. As Paul stated, This I say then,
Walk in [reliance upon] the Spirit, and ye shall not
fulfill the lust of the [Adamic] flesh (Gal. 5:16).
Although your old Adamic life remains within you, you are
no longer in the fleshly Adam. Ye are not in the
flesh but in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9). At the same
time, the Spirit of Christ maintains the life of the Last
Adam within you.
As you exercise faith to be free from the sinful activity
of the indwelling first Adam, you are free to center upon
the glorified Lord Jesus Christ in heaven-the Source of
your Christian life (Col. 3:3).
Think Position! - You are to count
upon your union with Christ above-reckoning yourself to
be alive unto God in Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:11b). That is
now your position in Christ - far more real than
your condition, your experience. Therefore Paul says,
(God) hath raised us up together, and made us sit
together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6).
If ye, then, be risen with Christ, seek those
things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right
hand of God. Set your affection on things above [in
Christ], not on things on the earth. For ye died (positionally
crucified], and your (new creation] life is hidden with
Christ in God (Col. 3:13).
As you rest in your position in, and your identification
with, Christ where He is, looking upon Him in faith and
fellowship (2 Cor. 3:18), the Spirit gradually manifests
Christs life in you, i.e., the fruit of the
Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23).
Nevertheless I Live. - Now free
from Adam the first, God recreated you in Christ, the
Last Adam, and that is the life you now live as a
Christian-the new Adamic I.
Yet Not I - The old
I, you as you were in Adam, is no longer your
life. Christ is now the Source of your Christian life.
For to me to live is Christ (Phil. 1:21). The
old I lives in you, but you as a new creation
in Christ are no longer related to it.
But Christ Liveth In Me. - You,
the new-creation me, are indwelt by Christ.
It is not Christ living instead of you, but rather He is
the Source of your new life as a recreated person - the
eternal, chosen and elect entity. Christ in you,
the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).
And The Life Which I Now Live In The Flesh.
- It is the new you living the Christian life in
your body of flesh.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies
of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable unto God.
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 to God (Rom. 12:1;
I Live By The Faith Of [in] The Son Of God.
- You do not live by Christs faith. Neither do you
live your Christian life by faith in the Saviour (birth)
By that faith you enter the Christian life But
that life is lived and developed by faith in the Son of
God as your Life (growth). That faith results in the
Spirits manifesting the life of Christ in and
Who Loved Me - The me
that Christ loves is the you whom the Father
elected, chose, and called, back in eternity. He
continued to love you, even when you were at enmity
toward Him, dead in trespasses and sins as related to the
And Gave Himself For Me. - You are
the chosen eternal me For whom He gave Himself, in
order to redeem you from Adamic death and have you for Himself
both now and throughout all Eternity.
That in the ages to come He might show the
exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness
toward us through Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:7).
God Be The Glory - The divine perspective must
ever be held to. Although the Lord Jesus Christ loved you
and gave Himself on the Cross for you, He accomplished
that work for the glory of God. He went to the
Cross primarily to vindicate His Fathers honor, and
to glorify Him.
Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book
it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God. I
have glorified Thee on the earth; I have finished the
work which Thou gavest Me to do (Heb. 10:7; John 17:4).
And He will continue to glorify the Father through us, as
we center upon Him as our Life.
Know ye not that your body is the temple of the
Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom ye have of God, and ye
are not your own? For ye are bought with a price;
therefore glorify God in your body and in your
spirit, which are Gods (1 Cor. 6:19, 20).
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of
God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability
which God giveth, that God in all things may be glorified
through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominon
forever and ever. Amen (I Pet. 4:11).
I, But Christ! - May we ever maintain,
the divine perspective, for His glory:
If the need of man were the sole measure of
the grace of God, then man only would be thought of, the
work of the Lord Jesus would be simply for man, and the
power of God expended merely in rescuing man and securing
his relief. Man would be the object and end of it all and
not the Father. --J.B. Stoney
When I rest in the Lord Jesus, then I begin to find
all my joy and strength in Him, and I occupy myself with
Him. This is the first step, or foundation, to true
I do not become devoted in the true sense until I
have found my rest in Him I am, up to this, rather
looking to receive from Him. I am more of an object to
myself; but when I find how fully I am an object to Him,
then my heart is at liberty to make Him its Object, He
having made me His. --J.B.S.
The Father has given us His Beloved Son to be the
joy of our souls, the Object of our hearts, telling us
that we shall soon see Him and be with Him and like Him
forever. He is saying, Behold My Servant, whom I
uphold; Mine Elect, in whom My soul delighteth! (Isa. 42:1).
The Father would have us find our joy where He is
finding His, and that is in that Beloved One at His own
right hand. He is saying, Rejoice in the Lord
always, and again I say, rejoice.
May we know the rest and blessedness of this joy at
all times; so shall we glorify Him as we pass
through this world of darkness. Happy ourselves, we shall
help others to be happy. - J.H. Taylor
Or Paucity - As you advance in your Christian
life, you are going to realize that there is someone very
familiar keeping pace with you. And that is none other
than your old Adamic life.
You are going to find that your only escape from its
sinful power and tyranny is your position; your
position in and identification with Christ in His
crucifixion, burial , resurrection, and ascension. It
must be the rest of faith in the facts, i.e., counting
upon your death to sinful self, and your being alive in
Christ above (Rom. 6:11). Otherwise you are going to
flounder, if not founder.
All depends upon this - the simplicity with which
my soul receives the truth that, all that I was in Adam
was judged and crucified on the Cross. Now there is a new
man before the Father, and a new Man before me - Christ
risen from the dead and ascended to Glory.
Now I am entitled to say, That is the One in whom I
am seated before the Throne of God. We are now by grace in
Another, even the risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ,
in order to give us our family position in the very
presence of the Father. - Wm Kelly
- Where What - You are going to have to
know, and rely solely upon, your position in
Christ. That is WHO you are (a new creation in
union with Christ as your Life] (2 Cor. 5:17; Col. 3:4);
WHERE you are (raised up and made
to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, your
new-creation life hidden with Christ in God] (Eph. 2:6;
Col. 3:3); and WHAT you are [
thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a
son, then an heir of God through Christ - indeed, a
joint-heir with Christ] (Gal. 4:7; Rom. 8:17).
As H.J. Hewlett put it:
We see the Lord Jesus Christ ... crowned with
glory and honor (Heb. 2:9). This is all our need.
The Lord Jesus Christ is all that we need for all
that we are. Let us rejoice in the vision and
fellowship glorious, and with pilgrim steps down here
rest in the Captain of our salvation up There.
For God who commanded the light to shine out
of darkness, hath shone in our hearts, to give the light
of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus
Christ (2 Cor. 4:6).
No future but glory, Lord Jesus, have we,
For man is in glory, already with Thee;
The brighter the glory that shines from Thy face,
The clearer our title to glory through grace.
And Hamilton Smith adds encouragement:
The more we realize and rest in our position
before the Father within the veil, the better we shall be
able to face the path with its dangers through the
wilderness down here. Thus the exhortation, Let us
draw nigh, followed by Let us hold fast the
profession of our hope (Heb. 10:22, 23).
Hence your blessed hope, your daily desire and
expectation will be that expressed so eloquently by
Gerhardt ter Steegen, some three centuries ago:
Midst the darkness, storm, and sorrow
One bright gleam I see;
Well I know the blessed morrow
Christ will come for me.
Midst the light, and peace, and glor
Of the Fathers Home,
Christ for me is waiting, watching,
Waiting till I come.
O the blessed joy of meeting,
All the desert past,
O the wondrous words of greeting
He shall speak at last!
He and I, together, entering
Those bright courts above;
He and I together sharing All the Fathers Love.
He, who in the hour of sorrow
Bore the curse alone;
I, who through the lonely desert
Trod where He had gone.
He and I, in that bright glory,
One deep joy shall share;
Mine to be forever with Him,
His, to have me There!
Mr. Stoney, once again, in closing:
We are not according to our Fathers pleasure,
nor are we in simple restfulness as to our acceptance, if
we do not enter by faith into the new position to
which He in His grace has placed us.
A further fact is, that we have no place but
that; and when we get even a glimpse of it, it alters
immensely this place; this world through which we are but
passing, and all things in it, appear in another color
Can anything affect the heart so much as the way
the believer is received in his new position? What
I press now is the right that we have to be in
that place, and it is not only that I delight to
be There, but the ineffable thought is that the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ delights to have me there
in His place, sharing His joys in Christ.
For God is my witness, how greatly I long after you
all in the tender mercies of Jesus Christ. And this I
pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in
knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things
that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without
offense till the day of Jesus Christ, being filled with
the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ,
unto the glory and praise of God (Phil.