Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Review Quarter 4 Lesson 7
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 4 Lesson 7 Friday
When the Bible says we should love God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind, and sometimes some other things, can you split these all off or are they all different aspects of a person? Isn’t it true the old man and the new man, unfortunately, still make up you and me?
It’s just a picture of the struggle we’re all so familiar with. The old man seems to be a personification of all the bad habits we’ve accumulated up to this time. The new man, the reborn babe in the truth, is this inexperienced little person created within us, this new heart, this right spirit, which still needs lots of protection, milk at first, then strong meat, lots of exercise to become mature. And we all know how in moments of carelessness the old man gains the upper hand.
We thought we’d buried him in the baptistery, but he apparently got out and went home with us. And you know, how often when you arise to a new day, he’s there. He sometimes seems to wake up first and leads one to get out of the wrong side of the bed. You know how sometimes you wake up in the morning and the old man is already at work. Other mornings you wake up and all seems to so well.
Well we have to be prepared for whichever occurs. The old man may cause us trouble later in the day. Is there any way that the inexperienced babe in the truth, the new man, can conquer the old man? In open conflict, does the new man ever succeed? What is Paul’s advice? Imagine a new member in your church, he is 50 years old before he’s converted. His Old Man of bad habits, is 50 years experienced, his New Man is 5 days old. Who’s going to win in open conflict?
There’s no way you can stamp out sin on our own. I mean, how could a baby stamp out Mohammad Ali? It’s no contest is it? Not to compare Mohammad Ali to the old man here, exactly, but a baby cannot win in direct conflict with a strong, experienced man of sin So there is no way you can stamp out sin, you can only crowd it out.
You know from experience how that works. Next week in Romans 7 Paul is going to bring this up again and say, “Oh wretched man that I am who will deliver me from this doomed body?” Which seems to be another way of expressing this idea of the old man of sin. “Who will deliver me from this doomed body?”
Well, he says there is a remedy, and how does that remedy work?
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, the new man can have victory over the old man. I suppose we all have our private visual aids for this. The one that I like goes back to baptism, and to crucifying the old man. Paul says, “I die daily.” Ellen White says, “Every time Paul arose in the morning he found that his natural inclinations were at war with what he knew to be right.”
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