The real Christian feels a holy indignation; Christ felt it and often could not repress it; yet it was a holy jealousy for the honor of God, and not a fitful irritation against wrong doing because it might injure some of his own interests, or because it offended against his virtuous principles. Often men fail to distinguish between the selfish sorrow of the old man and the godly sorrow of the new. The new man remembers his former sins with great sorrow; his soul is weighed down within him and often his tears gush out in the very streets as he is reminded of his past deeds of shame and guilt; but not so the old man.
He has a sort of sorrow for his old sins, especially if they have affected his reputation. But you do not see him loathing himself in his own sight for all his secret abominations. Yet he counts his own tears for sin, and thinks he has the sorrows of the real penitent. Many mistake the selfish joys of the old man for the spiritual joys of the new man.
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The former however begin and end in selfishness; the man is pleased when good comes to himself, that is all. The latter rejoices in God, yea in God, his exceeding joy. He is happy when others get good, though himself has none. Often people mistake the hope of the old man, for the hope of the new man. Each have their hopes. The sinner hopes to be happy in heaven--by what means is a thing of small care or thought to him. The Christian's hope is beautifully sketched by the apostle, "We know," he says, "that when Christ shall appear we shall be like him; for we shall see Him as he is.
And every man that hath this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure. Give him this, and you gratify the ruling passion of his soul. A mistake is often made of the turbulence and fanaticism of the old man for the holy firmness and faithfulness of the new. See that man finding fault--how censorious, how turbulent; he can denounce every thing in most unmeasured terms, yet under the self-soothing pretense of being faithful to his fellow men. Yet ask him why he does this, and he will refer you to Christ and to the prophets of old who had the word of the Lord shut up in their bones; and he says, did not Christ denounce?
Little is this man like Christ that is trying to cast out devils through Beelzebub. With the very spirit of Satan, he would fain drive Satan out of his brethren! Not so the new man. He is firm and faithful, but his spirit breathes gentleness and love. I do not say that every Christian is always bold and firm, nor that all who have been converted continue through life to act out the new man and him only; happy if it were so. But while they do act the new man, they are firm without malevolence; faithful without bitter denunciation. The effervescence of the old man is mistaken for the unction of the new man.
Yet the difference between the two is most radical. In each there is excitement, yet while the one is the boiling up of a selfish heart, the other is a holy unction from heaven. The presumption of the old man is mistaken for the faith of the new. The former often talks of his great faith, assumes to have more than his brethren, but it is all presumption; he pursues such a life and has such a spirit that he has no right to trust God for anything but damnation.
Many mistake the self-will of the old man for the conscientiousness of the new man. They are obstinate, unyielding; yet it is only self-will--a committal of the will, and not the demand of an enlightened conscience. The constitutional tendencies of the old man are mistaken for the spiritual developments of the new man. The natural humanity and kindness, for instance, of the old man are mistaken for gospel benevolence; conscientiousness of natural character, for that conscientiousness which is created, trained and expanded in the school of Christ.
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None but a spiritual mind will really make the distinctions which I have been pointing out. No others care to make them; and moreover, the qualities of the new man can never be clearly apprehended without experience. Yet it is a vastly desirable attainment to be able to distinguish between what originates with self, and what originates with the Spirit of God.
How rarely made! From my acquaintance with Christians, I think this point is but feebly developed. They don't distinguish between pleasing self and pleasing God. Yet no two things can be more opposite to each other, and none should be more carefully distinguished. In eating, in all labor, in study, we should be careful to know whether we are doing all to please God, or to please ourselves.
Some years since, my mind was greatly exercised on this point. Almost every waking moment the question would press upon me--Why am I doing this and why that? This led me to settle in my mind a thousand points of difficulty, and thus became of great service to my soul. How can we labor together with the Spirit of God in our own sanctification, unless we get hold of the real distinctions between holy consecration, and refined selfishness?
On this subject sinners constantly deceive and flatter themselves. They take credit for much that they do as good which is purely selfish. Thus they build themselves up on self-righteousness, but on a foundation which the last flood will sweep away and great will be the fall of it. We see how and why sinners constantly misjudge Christians. They see Christians doing some of the same things externally which themselves are doing, and then they falsely judge that the Christian acts from the same motive as himself.
Thus they take a flattering unction to themselves, and wrong both their Christian neighbors and their own souls.
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The old man is constantly corrupt. There is nothing good in him. Paul might well say of the old man, 'I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing. You can say no good thing of the old man. He is wholly evil. You can place no confidence in him for anything really good. He is wholly selfish, and will do anything to carry his selfish ends. No evil can be said of the new man. Understanding by this term the new, regenerate heart, it does nothing wrong.
The converted person may sin, but if he does, it is because the old man is not dead, but rises up and rules, gaining a temporary ascendancy. The old man is exceedingly tenacious of life. It seems as if you might kill him a thousand times and yet he lives. You gain the victory over him; you crush him down and he seems breathless; you flatter yourself he is dead and buried, but ere long up he comes--the old disgusting carcass, breathing out its fouled stench; your spiritual strength becomes weakness, and perhaps under this baleful influence, you return like the dog to his vomit.
Yet through Christ we may come off more than conquerors. This leads me to say that a spiritual man is exceedingly jealous of the old man. He will always be watching his old enemy, and will never trust him at all. Yet, alas, even the spiritual are sometimes deceived by the old man and are lured into a selfish state before they are fully aware of it. But when they come to see it, O, how they loath the abomination! I have known persons so deeply disgusted with themselves for their own selfishness as actually to vomit.
O, how horrid and how loathsome! That young man goes out to preach. He has prepared his sermon. But when he was studying it out and making it up, something whispered--"Now get in some choice and splendid paragraphs--this very classical and elegant expression, that fine philosophical illustration--show the people that you are a scholar and a genius.
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He is disgusted, and turns away from himself as if he had met the very devil! He is ready to vomit or even spit in his own face! O, young man, that is a bad business--such letting up of self--such a resurrection of the old man in your heart. The converted man falls into selfishness, but let him see it, and how he loathes it! He would fain spue his very self out of his own soul!
Here you may see who is really the new man. No better test of the new life can be had than this. Beloved, how is this with you? He eludes them and makes his way to Jewel's farm. As it is the early hours of the morning, he decides not to wake Jewel and instead takes one of her horses for a ride. Tucker had never ridden a horse before and this was on his list of things he wanted to do. While riding, several police vehicles come down the road and turn onto the farm's property. Tucker resigns himself to surrending and does. When Jewel visits him in prison, Tucker gives her a list of his sixteen previous escapes from reformatories and prisons, but line number seventeen is left blank.
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The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They can be seen in the church basement Saturday. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow. If you know of more, do not hesitate to email us. On a more serious note, however, the same basic problems of misunderstanding and confusion can exist in the interpretation of the Bible as well.
The expression is somewhat ambiguous. Observe the following chart displaying various translations and how they handle the phrase:.
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The apparent disparity between the translations undoubtedly fuels the misunderstanding of this expression current among many Christians. But is this what Paul is referring to? This study is directed at finding answers to these and related questions. In order to get a better grasp on this important expression we will examine the four passages in some detail. Let us first remind ourselves of the broader context of Romans What, then, does Paul mean by our old man oJ palaioV" hJmw'n a[nqrwpo" , ho palaios hemon anthropos in Romans ? The two entities are not the same.
If they were the same, the passage would be at best tautologous, making little, if any, sense. We were not there at Golgotha and this is surely the time to which the past tense was crucified sunestaurwvqh , sunestaurothe points. The passive voice suggests that it was something done to us by God and not something we did to ourselves cf. Gal What does all this mean? It means that when Paul gets to Romans he is still thinking of the two humanities and their heads he spoke about in Romans The focus is corporate and stresses a realm in which unbelievers exist and relate. In summarizing Romans we can say at least three things.
Second, our release from the old man was definitive and reckoned to us by God himself. The purpose of this was to create in himself the two into one new man, thus making peace…. The passage which unfolds this theme most clearly is But God abolished the law, the dividing wall of hostility, through the death of Christ i. The Adam-Christ typology stands behind this passage as well.
Thus the focus here is on the community God has brought into existence in Christ as a result of OT hope. The focus in Ephesians is on the newly created community in Christ—people who have been taken out of a realm where hatred and division were the order of the day, to form a new social reality in Christ. It is corporate in focus. The context is obviously ethical. He urges the Ephesians and all those who received the letter in Asia Minor , in light of the fact that they have received a certain calling ; and have come to participate in the body of Christ , to likewise walk or live in a way commensurate with their new calling and privilege In particular, believers are not to live as the Gentiles do, that is, in the futility of their thoughts as those who are separated from the life of God.
But how is this futility expressed? It is expressed in ever increasing sensuality and lust. The truth Paul refers to is teaching consistent with apostolic doctrine, especially that which concerns Christ and living a life honoring to him. Thus it is ethical truth with a Christological rationale. They were taught to lay this aside and to put on the new man.
There is some discussion in this passage as to the force of the infinitives: 1 to lay aside ajpoqevsqai , apothesthai and 2 to put on ejnduvsasqai , endusasthai. They are in indirect discourse and one has to wonder whether they go back to indicatives in the original direct discourse or imperatives.