UNCLOTHING THE OLD MAN
January 22, 1995
INTRODUCTION: Our earthly practice should follow our heavenly
position. Heard of a pastor who preached a series of sermons
against the sins of the saints. A member of his congregation
challenged him one day and said that it would be better if he
preached those messages to the lost. "After all," said the
church man, "sin in the life of a Christian is different from
sins in the lives of the people." "Yes," replied the pastor,
By the power of the Holy Spirit, we walk in the "newness of
life" by putting off the old deeds and desires. The negative
warnings and commands grow out of the positive truths of
I. A PRESENT WARFARE TO BE REVEALED. v.5
"therefore" - not an assertion of duty, but an assurance
"mortify" - put to death.
Since we have died with Christ we have the spiritual power
slay the earthly, fleshly desires that want to control us.
Romans 8:13, "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall
but if ye, through the Spirit, do mortify the deeds of the
body, ye shall live."
These sins belong to the old life and have no place in our
What we desire usually determines what we do.
We might be surprised to read that living the risen life
involves putting sin to death. Didn't Paul just say that
that had already been done? At the moment of salvation,
"our old self was crucified with Christ, that our body of
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