Re: Can we advance in spiritual Character or only Walk in the Spirit Moment to Moment
Originally Posted by Eyelog
We are not our old man. The old man is the big monkey that is protecting the little monkey (our inner soul). There are 3 parts to a man...spirit soul and body. The soul is the ground that the spirit inhabits....and the body is the ground that the soul inhabits.
The old man is the sin nature that is in us that replaced the dependence on God....so it looked after us before our turning to Christ. It is put to death in order to put us under the power of the Spirit so that we don't do what we want...but what the Lord wants. So the soul is always the "little brother" to whatever is controlling or influencing it. The soul is the "man in the middle" caught between the body and either the Spirit or the flesh (power).
A man who has no connection to God survives through adopting an operating system that enables him to survive in the world. This operating system is the flesh....and it is alienated from the life of God. Why should a Christian serve the flesh???? For many...a total dependence on the Spirit for every thought is going too far...after all we are grown-ups (so goes the reasoning)! ;(
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