#19 The Old Man Rules
Posted: Saturday, January 21st, 2017Print
About The Road to Union Series
The new creation exists in union with Jesus and the Father—a fact. Yet the road to union isn't based on attainment, but revelation and realization.
Romans 7:18a, 19, 24 AMPC
For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it.
For I fail to practice the good deeds I desire to do, but the evil deeds that I do not desire to do are what I am [ever] doing.
O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death?
After the facts of Christ’s limitless redemption, Paul inserts this experiential dilemma of despair. A true walk with God involves this horror of the presence of the old man, ever doing and being what is contrary to the nature and will of God.
The believer who is utterly truthful will admit of this terrible recurring struggle. It is an inevitable predicament for those who love the will of God and desire to be a NEW creation for the Lord’s sake.
Paul, the great victorious apostle, knew this deep predicament well. He experienced it in blank reality and gives us here his validation of it as a genuine Christian passage.