Death to self – the old man can be buried

Colossians 2:20…Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

Death is the object of a Christian. In order to substantiate the “objective of a Christian” the subject the doctrine of progressive sanctification must be touched on. The doctrine of progressive sanctification became prevalent in the era of Martin Luther and John Calvin during the 14th – 15th centuries. That period was historically titled as the “Reformation” where men protested the Roman Church and formed what we know today as – the Protestant Movement. During that time doctrinal teachings from the Bible began to form and broaden throughout the religious world. One of the most controversial doctrines in history – that has plagued society for 4-5 centuries is the doctrine of progressive sanctification.

Sanctification through the Spirit is “not” and “never has been” a progressive work of the Spirit of God. Progressive sanctification is a misconception highly taught in the Modern Religious World. Progressive sanctification causes people to live a Christian life of defeat and failure to God without ever reaching the fullness of Gods Salvation. Progressive sanctification it’s total misconception began during the days of the Reformation and has continued even until now in 2014. The Bible doesn’t teach the process of maturity that allows failure to God… it teaches sanctification entire that gives victory in the Spirit and makes men overcomers!

The work of the Holy Spirit in the human soul at Salvation, is not a progressive work. The “new birth” is instantaneous. Forgiveness of sins are instantaneous by trusting Christ alone! The work is a complete work.  The Bible doesn’t teach a progressive new birth nor does the Spirit of Truth teach such experience! Salvation is an experience caused from a new birth given from the power of God’s Grace! God’s instantaneous power of Salvation of the human soul thus gives the believer in Christ “power to do right”. For the first time in life God’s power of Grace changes fallen man morally… from sin to holiness of heart. A believer in Christ has new ways and a new standard of living that’s called “right”…in the eyes of God.

The object of  the saved Christian is not “maturity” as many are taught or teach today. As a matter of fact the word maturity is not in the Bible. Maturity is a man made concept of a progressive work or a progressive achievement that a Christian can gradually acquire in this life. Human maturity takes away from the action of God’s Salvation that morally changes the moral make-up of man instantaneously. Maturity is a gradual process but Sanctification through the Spirit is not! Why? Sanctification is the action of God that comes in one stroke. Biblical Sanctification is the final work of the Spirit of God that rids the Christian of the inherited Adamic life. Sanctification is the Baptism with the Holy Ghost. Sanctification rids man of indwelling sin and totally possesses man’s heart and soul with holiness of character and conduct. The Holy Spirit reveals the Saviour to the heart of a believer after the new birth, and thus shows the believer that he must die to self.

Dying to self is revealed to the heart of man – after the new birth. Death to self is the “object of a believer” in Christ…not gradual maturity of becoming a better Christian. Progressive growth into the Spirit is not taught in the Bible. Progressive growth into the sanctified life is not taught in the Bible. Death comes through crucifixion. Many scriptures point to an actual death or crucifixion of the old man. Not to be misconstrued with “dying daily”. Dying daily has no reference to death to self. Death to self is the objective of a new born Christian. When death to self occurs old habits, old aspirations, old interests, old plans are abolished. The completed work of God’s Holy Spirit cuts away and rids man of the Adamic life (self).

Like Salvation of the human soul – the Baptism with the Holy Ghost is another Christian experience that takes place after the new birth! The new birth is a sinner’s experience. Sanctification is a Christian experience that takes place after death to self. Both experiences are instantaneous according to the Bible. After a sinner receives Christ…the Holy Spirit shows this believer a still existing “old man”. When the Old man is finally”put off, crucified, or put to death” the Spirit of God sanctifies that heart instantaneously through the baptism with the Holy Ghost. The object of a Christian is to put off the Old man….not just the Old man’s deeds. Death to the Old man is a Spiritual operation and the Christian objective. Maturity is a human concept that opens the door for man to get away from the truth of the Bible and the work of the Spirit. The process of maturity is a man made concept that oftentimes hinders many from experiencing a death to the Old man and the actual experience of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire as taught in the Holy Scriptures.

You won’t find the word maturity or the process of maturing in the Bible! You will find sanctification through the Spirit by the action of God. Both Salvation of the soul and the Baptism with the Holy Ghost are taught Biblically to come at one stroke of the hand of God! Read it for yourself! Study your Bible! Don’t take man’s word for it! Please God! Find the truth within God’s Holy Scriptures.

Romans 6:4-7…Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 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.

About rickroehm

Since 1988 I’ve been writing and doing service for the Lord. It all began in 1987 after a personal walk began with the Lord. This personal walk with the Lord I speak of turned into extensive Bible studies and later evolved into blogging in early 2000. At present I write, author, and publish several different sites on the Internet. My Blogs contain a vast library of Theological writings, teaching videos, and preaching audios that currently go around the globe for the cause of Christ. I write at Christian Blessings on Wordpress, Holy Hubert Lindsey Group on Facebook, Churches on Trial at Google, publish You Tube videos, record sermons at, etc. I also pastor a Church called the Upper Room in Williamsburg, Ohio . My secular Blog called Southwestern Ohio Fishing on Wordpress is where I write about experiences with my son and fishing partner Chad where we together enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty mixed with Father God’s creation. At Southwestern Ohio Fishing Blog I also publish favorite recipes for those who enjoy eating and cooking as much as this writer does. Thanks for sharing your time and life with this writer at the Blogs. Here's more access to my ministry and fishing Blog if you'd care to check them out further. Bible Truth Christian Blessings Holy Hubert Group Facebook Churches on Trial Hubert Lindsey YouTube videos The Upper Room Southwestern Ohio Fishing Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it! God Bless!

4 Responses to Death to self – the old man can be buried

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  2. wayneman says:

    I have been preaching the death of the old Adamic nature for many decades now. It was my sign that God gave me before I knew Him,that whoever or whichever doctrine, teaching, philosophy or religion had the “death of self,” the old sinful self dying, then that was the one. And sure enough Christ, of course, was the answer to my sign, as in Romans 6: 6. When He died on the cross, our old self died; when He as the old sin sacrifice was buried, our old self was buried; when He was raised from the dead, we, too, [HalleluYah!] were raised from the dead to walk in a newness of life, as God now accounts our belief/faith in this process as righteousness. Belief. Very powerful. But there is a definite growing unto perfection, for He mentions babes in Christ, little children, young men, and fathers in Christ, which tells us there is a spiritual growth. This is not a gradual moral maturing to someday in the sweet by and by stop sinning. No. But rather it is a growing in power and holiness and more agape love, more knowledge of His kingdom and government, and so much more.
    The scriptures allude in many places to wheat growing–“first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear”–after the seed falls into the ground and dies. Christ, of course, is the Seed/Son, and we are the harvest eventually of that sowing. God bless you, Rick. Kenneth Wayne Hancock

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Praise God that sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit.
    Sanctification is the state predetermined by God for every believer, into which He calls them by His grace, and in which they commence their Christian life and experience. Beloved brethren, think of it! God has separated us unto Himself. “But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (II Thessalonians 2:13). “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption; That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:30, 31).
    “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him. . .” (ie Christ) (Romans 6:6). The reference is not to something the Christian must try to accomplish, but to the perfect and completed work of Christ. The exhortation is not to try to die to self by some effort of our own, but to realize that when Christ died on the cross we did die to self with Him. This is positional truth, and it is important that we continually reckon ourselves dead to self. The death of Christ not only atones for the penalty of sin, but it has power to deliver us from the practice of sin. This is a mighty truth that we must “know” and on which we need to “reckon” continuously.
    We will not mature spiritually if we labor under the false idea that the Christian is free from temptation. No child of God is free from temptation, “because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). His enticements to do wrong will come to us through every doorway of sense, nose, eye, ear, mouth and touch. But it is no sin to be tempted.
    Every Christian is tempted, but temptation does not necessarily lead to sin. We can be tempted by Satan (I Corinthians 7:5; I Thessalonians 3:5), by the natural desires of the old unregenerate nature (Galatians 4:14; James 1:14), by other persons (Matthew 16:1; 19:3). But God has made provision for His own so that they need not yield to the temptation. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Corinthians 10:13). Every temptation can result in blessing if when we are tempted we are driven to God’s Word and prayer and win the victory. Our Lord said to His disciples, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3).Paul had this same idea in view when he said, “. . . Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:25, 26). Peter likewise stresses the same truth where he writes, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (I Peter 2:2).let us become men and women of the Word. Practical holiness will manifest itself as we set ourselves apart to search the Scriptures. God’s Word is the active agent the Holy Spirit uses to this end. I cannot know the will of God for my life if I neglect the Word of God. The miracle of being transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ does not take place in an instant; it is a day-by-day process wrought in us by the Holy Spirit through the sanctifying power of the Word of God. “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the diving asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). The surrender of our bodies to God is absolutely essential to Practical Sanctification. The body is not the entire man, but it is the vehicle of the human spirit and the temple of the Holy Spirit The holy man of God will honor God with his body. The Apostle Paul testified, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (I Corinthians 9:27).

    Closely related to guidance by the Scriptures is the work of the Holy Spirit in us. He gives guidance to those who sincerely want His will and who are already walking in obedience to the light which they received from the Word. Any person who is truly saved and who sincerely wants God’s will shall have it. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). The will of God is the present sphere of Christian obligation. “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17). Each believer plays an important role in his own Practical Sanctification as he finds and follows and finishes God’s will for his life. The Christian who is out of God’s will is an unsaintly saint.
    “This I say then, Walk in (by) the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). The verb walk (Greek peripateite) is in the present tense and means to keep on walking by the Spirit. Christians in this dispensation are blessed with the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit who is the Divine enablement for our living a holy life. What is impossible for the Christian who is resisting or grieving or quenching the Holy Spirit is possible for the one who is walking by the Spirit. When we sin against the Spirit we break fellowship with him, thereby cutting ourselves off from the supply of His power. “Quench not the Spirit” (I Thessalonians 5:15), and “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God” (Ephesians 4:30), and your life will be blessed.

    Perfect (or ultimate) Sanctification is that aspect of Sanctification related to the final perfection of the children of God. It will not be realized while we are in this mortal body. Perfect Sanctification is the final step in the sanctifying process. Paul wrote about this in closing his First Epistle to the Thessalonians. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 5:23). When Christ returns the believer’s Sanctification will be complete. What is in view here is the perfect Sanctification of the whole man, the time of its accomplishment, at “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” and the fact that God Himself will bring it to pass, for “Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it” (verse 24).
    “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is” (I John 3:2).

    How wonderful when all of life’s trials are over, we will know His complete sanctification and our bodies no longer hold us.

  4. Great Post. It help clarify several issues for me. Thanks a ton. God Bless.

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