Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Old Has Gone and the New Has Come

Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come.  2Corinthians 5:17

The old has gone and the new has come.  At times it seems like the old comes back what happened to the new, where did it go?  As a believer have you ever asked yourself this question? 

This verse seems much clearer to me if I accept that I am comprised of three parts.  One part is my physical body.  The second part is my soul, which houses my mind, will and emotions.  The third part is my spirit.  Because I am born into Adam my spirit is dead at birth. 

When I accept Christ as my Lord, my spirit which was dead becomes alive in Christ Jesus.  The Holy Spirit inhabits my spirit and my spirit is now without blemish from God’s perspective.  Hence I am a new creation, the old (spirit) has gone and the new (spirit) has come. 

When I say the “old seems to come back” I am referring to behaviors which are not ones that endear me to my wife, friends or co-workers.  In actuality what is happening is that my spirit which is now perfected in Christ is at war with my soul.  Sometimes my mind, will and emotions win and at times I surrender to my spirit and behave in a way that honors God.

The sixty-four thousand dollar question is, “once I have become a new creation in Christ why would I ever let my soul, my old sin nature, dominate my behavior?”  The answer is the Fall, Satan, sin and free-will.  God puts an incredible premium on free-will, so much so that He will allow me to make some bad choices. 

The good news is that I do have a choice.  I can say “Get behind me Satan.”  I can say, “Sin is not my master, for I am not under the law but under grace.” (Romans 6:14)

I am indwelt by His Spirit which gives me the power to love my wife as I ought. The Spirit enables me to be other-centered, to put my wife’s needs ahead of my needs.  Sadly the war between my soul and my spirit will continue until the day I am called “Home.”  However the more often I make the right choices, the more likely my brain will relinquish control to my spirit.  Ladies these same concepts apply to you as well.

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