|Knowing this that our old man is crucified| (Rom. vi.6).
It is purely a matter of faith, and faith and sight always differ, so that to your senses it does not seem to be so, but your faith must still reckon it so. This is a very difficult attitude to hold, and only as we thoroughly believe God can we thus reckon upon His Word and His working, but as we do so, faith will convert it into fact, and it will be even so.
These two words, |yield| and |reckon,| are passwords into the resurrection life. They are like the two edges of the |Sword of the Spirit| through which we enter into crucifixion with Christ.
This act of surrender and this reckoning of faith are recognized in the New Testament as marking a very definite crisis in the spiritual life. It does not mean that we are expected to be going through a continual dying, but that there should be one very definite act of dying, and then a constant habit of reckoning ourselves as dead, and meeting everything from this standpoint.
|Reckon yourselves dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God, through Jesus Christ.|