“We know that our old self was crucified with Him.”
–Romans 6:6 (King James Version)
There is for most of us a second work of grace, if we like to call it that. There is a day, a season, usually prefaced by many agonizing days, when at last our straining self stretched and taut like an elastic, gives way. We were crucified with Christ all along, but now faith enters into this intelligently as fact. If we were crucified with Him we also rose with Him, and now at last we can see that that means the New One within is living His life in us. He was doing so since redemption, but He had to spend those months and often years working us out of ourselves by walking us into all sorts of frustrating situations, which we handled wrongly every time by our self-reactions to them. I reckon the Indwelling Christ has many a laugh as He sees us bumbling and stumbling along, and knows the good though painful lessons we are learning by stubbing our toes on this and then that; but knowing also that we shall see, because He has already started looking out on things His way through our eyes, and will go on until we learn and accept the difference between our looking through our own eyes and His looking through them.
This is a crisis in many lives. It was in mine; and with the example of most of the men and women of the Bible, we are surely justified in saying that it is a necessary crisis in most of our lives.