“The old man is dead, and we renew our minds to the truth and overcome in the power of the Spirit.”
Sometimes Christians who think we are still sinners because we sometimes sin in the flesh, point to what Paul said in Rom. 7. But they need the fuller revelation of who Christ made us to be and the complete work of redemption in re-creating our human spirits. In Romans 7, Paul was showing us how, as a pre-Born-Again sinner, we were “wretched,” crying out: “Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom. 7:24).
But, thank the Lord that He went on with the answer in Vs. 25, “I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” In Jesus we are delivered from the wretchedness of a sinner. He continues to explain the victory He won for us in Rom. 8:1-2: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”
We are now free to walk according to (and by the power of) the spirit, and the flesh no longer has to rule us. The old man is dead, and we renew our minds to the truth and overcome in the power of the Spirit. And, we can boast in no-one but Christ. It is only through His death and resurrection that we have been redeemed, surely by nothing we have done.
We did not deserve His grace, but He loved us so much, He made the sacrifice with joy: “who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross” (Heb. 12:2b). Therefore, when tempted or pulled away, we “look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb 12:2a). So rejoice; you are no longer wretched and lost, but are an overcomer in Christ.
(Written and first posted on Facebook March 31, 2014)