KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:22 “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;”
We continue with our discussion on the Pauline revelations that talks about the old man.
From our previous study we learnt that we have only one nature. This is the new man or the righteous nature. I would like to bring our awareness to understand that we do not have the old man functioning in us. As Christians we must open up for a completely upright lifestyle. We must know also that we are no more weak and susceptible to any wrong actions. Our Lord Jesus has achieved a great victory for us and must take advantage of it… We have to always say with Paul “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”.
On the flip side, there are many who because of their experiences of failure would be asking why I keep struggle to do the right things. There are some who have also been taught that they have the old man and the new man in their bodies as Christians. They say so because they have always failed in their attempt to live right.
Please dearly beloved one, listen very attentively. Never make doctrines out of the experiences of people. No matter how much some experiences have been prevalent with any man so long as it does not agree with the Bible, don’t accept and make a doctrine out of it. The bible has clearly stated that because our Lord Jesus died on the cross the old man and subsequently the body of sin has been destroyed. If it is destroyed it is no more in us.
Now why do you then fill tempted at times? Please answer this question for me. Was Jesus having the sinful Adamic nature or the old man of sin in Him? The answer is definitely no.. He had no human father, and therefore could not have had the academic nature.
My second question is, was our lord Jesus tempted or not? Yes he was (Matthew 4:1-9). The devil came and tempted Him, although He had not the sinful nature. He decided not to yield to any of these temptations.
It is up to every Christian to refuse the temptations that the spirit of the power of the air may bring to us.
Please note that our very atmosphere is saturated with an abundance of evil spirit. This is why every Christian must constantly attend to God’s word, pray very often and spend time meditating on the scriptures, so that you may not yield to these suggestions of devils.
I have the new man, with the old man made away. I would not yield to suggestions of devil but maintain my grands to serve my Father.
Ephesians 2:2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Romans 12:2 ” And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”