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The old and new man, is making reference to the man or persons who have given his or her self to Christ and it has to do with the new birth, which we as believers call, born again, that is been separated from the old man and be new.
When we are talking about the old man and the new man here, we are not talking of one old man with grey hair and one young boy with sporting wave, but we are talking of change in nature. Ways of life generally. The term "BORN AGAIN" has either been grossily abused or greatly misunderstood, hence there is need for us from time to time, visit and revisit the subject that dwells around the new birth all this began from what Jesus told the man called "NICODEMUS" in the Bible. In the Bible book of John chapter number (3:3-8). And it says that, Jesus answered and said to him, most assuredly I say unto you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to him how can be man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into the mother's womb and be born again? Jesus said, most assuredly I say to you unless one is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Do not mavel that I say to you, you must be born again. The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said to Him, how can this thing be ? From this "GUESTION" of Nicodemus, the whole world is in confusion, even those that says they are born again, have become born AGAINST. Now the whole thing is certain, the old man is the Adamic nature, why the new man is the Christ nature. In the Bible book of second Corinthians charpter number (5:17). And it says that. Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new. That is, there is a kind of life you have been living before the new birth, but after the new birth, there must be another kind of life people should see in you. From the scripture we discovered also that the old man has a certain characters and attributes associated with it. There are traits that are synonymous with it.
The Bible says in the book of Romans chapter number (6:6). It says. Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slave to sin. Now the old man, here is referred to as the FLESH. AND the flesh is not just talking about the body, but the whole nature of man that was turned away from God as a result of the fall of man in the garden of Eden. Now the word of God the works of the flesh as follows, in the Bible book of Galatians chapter number (5:19-21). And it says that. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are "adultery, fornication, uncleanness, newdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contention, jealousies, outburst of wrath, selfish ambition, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like. Of which I tell you beforehand just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
When you look carefully at verse number 16 & 17. Saying to the new man that, I say then work in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lust against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another. So that you do not do the things that you wish. This gives us clearer perspective as to our positions either in the flesh or in Christ. By outlining the characteristics of the man in the flesh. If then we say we are born again. Authomatically there becomes a shift that take place in our Spirit and becomes an evident in our daily life. Or there becomes a big guestion mark when our daily life is far from what we confess.
1 YOU MUST WALK IN LOVE;. The chain word that bind the believers together is LOVE, the centre of our relationship with God is love. In the gospel of John chapter number (3:16). Says that, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son Jesus Christ that whoever believe in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. The essence is unity, and it is done in AGAPE LOVE. That is why the word of God says in first John 4:7, that Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and every one who love is born of God and knows God. And if we say we are of God, then love should be our lifestyle or nature and not hatred. When we love, we express the nature of God.
2 A NEW MAN DOES NOT CONFORM TO THE STANDARD OF THE WORLD;. In the Bible book of Romans chapter number (12:2). The word of God says that. And do not confirm to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. The word here simply referred us to the system of the world or the default way of living. For the Bible book of first John chapter number (2: 15-16). Describes all that is in the world. As it says Do not love the world or the things in the world, if any one love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world the lust of the flesh the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. For the Bible also said that, Though we are in the world, but we are not of the world.
3 OBEDIENCE TO THE LORD;. That is one of the reason why Samuel cried out to Saul, that to obey is better than sacrifice. And Jesus said in the Bible book of John chapter number (14:15). And it says that, If you love Me keep My commandments, and Jesus also ask Jews, that, But why do you call Me Lord, Lord and not do the things which I say. And Solomon in all his riches and wisdom look at it, have no any other thing to add, he says in Ecclesiaste charpter number (12:13). And it says that. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter is fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of a man.
4 THERE IS A CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE;. The Bible clears us, in the Bible book of Romans chapter number (6:1-4). And it says that. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus, were baptized into His death ? Therefore we were buried with Him through Baptism into death, that just as Chist was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life The change that take place at new birth or the regeneration of our Spirit has a way of manifesting itself outwardly. The change is Spiritual but the manifestation is seen in the out side. That is the evident that you are a new man, separated from the old.
The old man must be put off. All the work of the flesh must be put off and the new man which is created by God in righteousness and holiness is put on. The greatest obstacle to a consistent walk and fellowship with God is the flesh. Thank you for reading this my aticle God bless you. In the second version. We will be taking of how to deal with the FLESH.