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πŸ‘‘ The Old Nature In The Believer

The believer who would be truly spiritual must recognize the presence of the old nature within. It would be dangerous not to recognize a foe so near.

The old nature in the believer is that which is β€œbegotten of the flesh.” It is called, β€œthe flesh,” β€œthe old man,” β€œthe natural man,” β€œthe carnal mind.”

Just as β€œthey that are in the flesh cannot please God” (Rom. 8:8) so that which is of the flesh, in the believer, cannot please God. β€œThe flesh,” as we have already seen, is totally depraved. God calls it β€œsinful flesh” (Rom. 8:3), warns that it seeks β€œoccasion” to do wrong (Gal.Β 5:13), and declares that β€œthe works of the flesh” are all bad (Gal. 5:19-21).

Nor is the old nature in the believer one which improves by its contact with the new. It is with respect to β€œthe flesh” in the believer, even in himself that the Apostle declares that in it β€œdwelleth no good thing” (Rom.Β 7:18), that it is β€œcarnal, sold under sin” (Rom.Β 7:14), that it is β€œcorrupt according to the deceitful lusts” (Eph.Β 4:22), that it is at β€œenmity against God,” and is β€œnot subject to the law of God,Β neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7).

β€œThe flesh,” even as it remains in the believer after salvation, is that which was generated by a fallen begetter. It is the old Adamic nature. It is sinful in itself. It cannot be improved. It cannot be changed. β€œThat which is born [begotten] of the flesh is flesh,” said our Lord (John 3:6), and it is as impossible to improve the β€œold man” in the believer as it was to make him acceptable to God in the first place.

The β€œold man” was condemned and dealt with judicially at the Cross. Never once is the believer instructed to try to do anything with him or to make anything of him, but always to β€œreckon” him β€œdead indeed” (Rom.Β 6:11), and to β€œput him off” (Col. 3:8-10). source

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