Dead to Sin, Law, Crucified to World: 3 Different Things

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It is not only blessedly true that the Lord Jesus "was delivered for our offenses," and that He "died for our sins," but there is the further truth (so little understood by believers in general) that in Christ's death I too have died, of which baptism is a type (Rom. 6:4, 5, 8; Col. 2:11-13), and so passed out of the condition where "sin has reigned in death," unto another where "sin shall not have dominion over" me; nor am I any longer "under the law, but under grace," which now reigns (instead of sin) "through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom. 5:20, 21; 6:14.)
As has often been remarked, the earlier chapters (1-5:11) of Romans deal with our guilt, the "sins" we have committed, of which there is no remission without shedding of blood. But from chapter 5, verse 12, we have the involvement of universal sinner ship, "by the disobedience of the one man"- Adam (v. 19). We were "by nature" children of wrath, but now, no longer in Adam, we are in Christ Jesus; and to such there is no condemnation. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed us from the law of sin and of death (chap. 8:1, 2), so that now we walk and serve in newness of life and of spirit.
That evil principle, or "law of sin and death" which is in us-here and elsewhere called "sin"-is the root from which that evil crop ("sins") is produced, and to which the Christian has died. It is not dead- "if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves"—nor is it forgiven. But it has been judged and condemned in Christ's death (chap. 8:3), and I am no longer called to own its authority or reign, but to reckon myself "to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ," in the power of a new and risen life.
So too with the law. It is not abrogated, but it is in force "for the lawless and disobedient," etc.; but its jurisdiction is gone for men that are dead, and the Christian has "become dead to the law by the body of Christ" (chap. 7:3, 4). "But now are we clear from the law, having [or, seeing we have] died in [respect of] that in which we were held." v. 6. "I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 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." Gal. 2:19, 20.
"Crucified unto me, and I unto the world." It is crucified -no longer sought after by the Christian; its charms are gone. It crucified the Lord of glory. How can it any more be an object for me? "If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." And II am crucified to it. No longer of "its own," the child of God is despised and hated by the world, and should be content to be so for the Master's sake. Are we content to be thought nothing of, and to be thus a spectacle to it?
May we seek grace to be truly the followers of the "despised and rejected" One of earth, but the "exalted" of the Father, "received up in glory." He will be wondered at in them that believe in the coming day of glory for this earth, when the now reproached sons of God shall be manifested in the same glory with Christ.