Question: In what sense have believers been crucified with Christ?
E W Rogers, Oxford
Answer. Manifestly the believer has not been physically crucified with Christ as were the thieves: therefore it must be in another sense and the Scriptures show that they have been crucified in the forensic sense: that this has judicially taken place. Paul uses the perfect tense in Gal. 2 when he refers to this showing the abiding effects of the fact. He also alludes to the fact in Romans 6. 6 emphasizing that since this is the believer’s position in the sight of God he should constantly reckon this to be his actual position in relation to sin. In Romans 6. 8 Paul refers to it as a past act (the aorist tense) though in each case the doctrine is designed to have its counterpart in personal practice which is consistent therewith.