It was a big job which took several weeks, a lot of money, and one excellent plumber. We got to know "Mr. Tony," as we call him, very well. The one thing I dreaded hearing Mr. Tony say to my husband was, "Mr. Davis, can I show you something?" I knew it meant he had found trouble.
In the process of refitting the new pipes, Mr. Tony disconnected all the old pipes which ran under the slab. They are still there, but they are useless, they are dead to transporting water. No water will ever flow through them again and they can never fulfill the purpose for which they were created. The new blue and red pipes can be seen in the attic and in the walls -as we were able to see before the walls were once again dry-walled.
As Christians, we have been refitted as well.
When we accepted the Lord Jesus as our Savior, His Spirit came to reside in our spirits. The Lord didn't just put a patch on our old, sinful hearts ... He eradicated them. He crucified them:
"Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." (Romans 6: 4-6.)
We were crucified and risen with Him to live in newness of life. We are not the same as before we accepted the Lord. Like those blue and red pipes in our walls, we are brand new.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
(2 Corinthians 5:17.)
The life which we now live we live by faith in Him. We are united to Him in a way that the Apostle Paul called it "one spirit." We should no more believe that our old sinful heart controls us than I should think my water flows through those old underground pipes.
Hallelujah! All is new! The old is dead and the new "hid with Christ in God." What a glorious life, what a glorious Savior!
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me."