There is in the believers who are united in Christ a new man, a holy principle; and a old man a fountain of sin..
1. We talked about the Old man last week and this week we going to look into the OLD MAN.
Why the holy principle and the corrupt nature in the believers is called the new and old man?
They are called men, because each of them possesseth the whole man, though not wholly. There are by their means two men in every believer, Romans 7:15 “For that which I do I allow not; for what I would that do I not ; what I hate, that do I.. “That is not one part of the man that is in Christ, but grace has a part of it, and corruption is apart of it: as in the twilight there is light over all, and darkness over all too, the darkness being mixed in every part with the light. So my renewed part is I, a man having an understanding enlightened, a will renewed, and affections spiritualized used my body conformably: but my renewed, affection spiritualized, using my body conformably: but my unrenowned part is I too, having an understanding darkened, a will rebellious, and affections corrupted; using my body accordingly, and using my body accordingly.
2. They are called the new and old man, for two reasons.
How the believer come to be thus split into, two men. This is done by virtue of his union with Christ, from whence ariseth a communication of grace to him from Christ:
1 Corinthians 1:30.”But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of god is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” Concerning which two things are to be noted.
1. In the moment of one’s union with Christ by faith, there is communicated to him, out of the fullness of grace in the man Christ, a measure of every grace in him, as the wax impressed receives every measure of every grace in himand as the wax impressed receives every point in the seal, John 1:16. “And of his fulness have all we receives, and grace for grace” Ephesians 4:13, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, measure and of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” And thus is the new creature formed, being a new man perfect in parts, entire of having all its members, no grace totally wanting.
Hence it is that the new man is formed immediately after Christ’s image, so that it is the very picture of the man Christ, as Eve was of Adam, therefore the forming of it is said to be the forming of Christ in the believer Galatians 4:19 “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.
The old man in believers is a body of sin, an entire body, lacking none of its members, Romans 7: 24 ‘But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;” This appears from the account of it that is already given. As we derive every grace from the second Adam in our regeneration, so every corruption from the first Adam in our natural generation.
They serve to humble believers, when they are at their best. There is an entire body of sin in them while they are here. Do they excel in any grace?
Yet there is in them a member of the old man opposite to it , as passion in meek Moses. Have they every grace in them? They have every corruption too, though every one does not appear, more than every grace. Therefore they have need to watch against sin whatsoever; for there is never a snare in the ill world but there is a member of the old man ready to fall in with it, Colossians 3:5.Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.