There used to be a guy who walked around in my body, calling himself by my name. He was evil, an enemy of God (Rom 5:10) and forced my body to run around after each and every wicked desire that he had. He used my body as a slave for his unrighteous ways (Rom 6:16), the lusts of his flesh. He filled the memory banks of my body with the recollections of his foolish exploits and accustomed my body to his fallen habits. The members of my body were the instruments of his sinful actions, leading down a road which would eventually culminate in death.
But then came that glorious day when this old man was plucked from his comfortable flesh dwelling. Just like the Israelites of old received a snip on the tip, this sinful man was cut out and disjoined from the house he had tried to claim for himself. He was transported back through time and joined together with millions of other evil spirits like himself. This combined mass of dark, depraved, ghastly beings was transformed into an ugly beast, called sin. And before this creature could even attempt to flex a muscle, it was nailed onto a cross on a hill with Jesus of Nazareth (Rom 6:6). This creature consumed the body of Jesus for itself, trying to revive it, but it was too late. The body of Jesus had been broken and battered beyond repair by his torturers. And with Jesus’ final breath, he plunged the creature into the kingdom of death. Thus, the body of sin died (Rom 6:4).
In the wake of that old, sinful man who was pulled from my body, appeared a magnificent, faultless spirit man in it’s place, created perfectly in the image of the resurrected Christ (Eph 4:24). This perfected spirit man was fused together with the Spirit of God Himself (1 Cor 6:17) and this glorious, entwined Spirit man was inserted into my body. I AM NOW THIS NEW SPIRIT MAN.
The old has gone, the new has come (2 Cor 5:17). It is Christ who now lives in me (Gal 2:20) and I in Him. And since it is not I who live anymore, but Christ Himself, I am unable to sin, since Christ cannot sin (1 John 3:9). The blunders that I now make are not my own, but are the responsibility of the sinful habits that still dwell in the unrenewed parts of my mind (Rom 7:17); the confines that have not yet been illuminated by the light of grace. I am unable to corrupt myself, since Christ cannot be corrupted (1 Pet 1:23). I am a victim and a slave of His righteousness (Rom 6:18).
But still, everyday I find that the memory banks (the unrenewed mind) of my fleshly body tries to oppose my new, righteous desires (Gal 5:17). Since my body and mind previously received intensive training in how to sin, it seems to have developed a will of its own. But it is losing the battle bit by bit. I am influencing and renewing it everyday with the life of Christ that is saturating my entire being (Rom 12:2).
The person whom you now see walking before you is a perfect, righteous, sinless man (Heb 10:14). I am the delight of my heavenly Father. Jesus is my Brother (John 20:17). I am blameless in God’s sight (Col 1:22). I have no affiliation with the sinful man who previously occupied this body.
I am the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21)