Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
God calls Christians to become a new creation. Our old selves are crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20). This death is symbolized by water baptism, and through it the Christian is freed from the slavery to sin. Once freed, we must not allow ourselves to be enslaved again. Paul says, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts” (Romans 6:12). If we do, we are again becoming slaves of sin (verse 16).
The converted Christian, the new man, walks according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1). As we previously covered in Romans 5:5, the Holy Spirit makes it possible for God’s love and power to be poured out in our hearts.
For more about how a converted Christian lives in newness of life, see “Christ in Us: How Does He Live in You?”