Emanna for 01/30/2021

The Old Man is Only Good for Crucifixion

Bible Verses

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with Him... Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me...

Words of Ministry

Brothers and sisters, how many times have we made up our mind to be good? How many times have we succeeded in becoming good? We have made many spiritual promises to God. We have told Him that we will obey this and that word of His. We have promised that we will get up early in the morning and that we will be zealous the next day. In spite of all our promises, however, how much have we achieved? What does it mean to be crucified with Christ? It means that God has given up hope in us and that we also have given up hope in ourselves. For God to crucify us with Christ means that God has no further hope. For us to say that "I am crucified with Christ" means that we also have no further hope. We admit that we can never please God. God can do nothing except put us to death. There is no hope in a man of flesh. We deserve only to die. God wants us to accept the appraisal of the cross because by accepting the appraisal of the cross, we accept the Lord as our sanctification, perfection, and victory. If we still cherish some hope and still have a glimmer of faith in ourselves, God will have to continue His work on us. He will not stop operating in us until we completely lose hope in ourselves. God is leading us to this point because He wants us to realize that we are not able in ourselves, and He wants us to acknowledge this.

Bible verses are taken from the recovery Version of the Bible (RcV) and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, The Overcoming Life, pp. 80-82. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat from 6/17/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.