WHEN THE MAN WITH-IN OVERTAKES THE MAN WITH-OUT.
For the purpose of clarity, I will like us to have the man without as flesh and the man within as the hidden man or our spirit man. Okay now that’s clear. Thanks.
Paul said so many things on this, will like to just share a little
2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but THOUGH OUR OUTWARD MAN PERISH, YET THE INWARD MAN IS RENEWED DAY BY DAY.
This tells that the outer man is not the determinant of the inner man. The rightful placement and understanding of the man within displays well the man without. Yet we will not deny that this man within needs a renewal in this sense of deep fellowship with the Lord.
Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
The word before this scripture tells of the man without and His various displays. But the thing that cures this man without is the learning of Christ and not at the given of laws.
Ephesians 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
This could be said as what we ought to learn, like we need to so learn Christ. We learn almost everything but not the learning of Christ. Contrary that’s the cheapest through His Spirit. The learning of Christ terminates the effectiveness and the strength of the man without for the man within. For that’s the man that is always seen. It’s so difficult to keep a man that is always seen, than a man that is always kept. Funnily this world believes in seeing is believing. The man within is the true identity of a man. He has to overtakes the man without, This will have to be by the learning of Christ. When a man come into learning of Christ and walking in it, then this will fully terminate the man without(his strength and power). Whatever we learn in Church or personally in scriptures must point to one coordinate which must always be Christ alone. It must bring us into Christ.
Galatians 3:24 …to bring us unto Christ…
Jesus talking to the Pharisee He said the law and the prophet speak of Him. Christ as always been spoken of before the foundation of the world.
Our prayers must change from what gives deep strength to the man without to the man within. Our deep cries must be to be taking always to Christ. I agree we are sitted with Christ, my point is let’s behave like someone who is truly sitted with Him. The gatherings you seat many times can tell of your character. You tend to live by the life around that environment even when you leave. You’re not just sitted with Him but to sit with all He is sitting with, even with His life fully within. See what Paul prayed for for the Galatians
Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
Many times we don’t even agree that we are still little, I learnt that the meaning of the name Paul is little. Yet we still look big in our eyes and not submissive to one another. Little children are people who do not feel I speak the sweetest tongue or I raise the highest insight than you. A little man can move in pace that a big man can not move. Our growth starts from being little… Being little allows you into the Kingdom
Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
So, we must see ourselves little, He is the One that defines us. Little children… UNTIL CHRIST BE FORMED IN YOU… there’s a great need for us to come into the place where Christ is formed in us. We come basically by the learning of Christ.
The man without has been on the race since, we must allow the man within to overtake him. The one that overtakes over rules the one that was overtaken. That controls the entire being of the man. The formation of Christ in us is real. We must make progress by allowing the Lord. Knowing that…
2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be FILLED WITH ALL THE FULNESS OF GOD.
We must Labour in the word and prayers not to lack anything in God but to be filled and complete with all the fullness of Him.
Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, ALWAYS LABOURING FERVENTLY FOR YOU IN PRAYERS, THAT YE MAY STAND PERFECT AND COMPLETE IN ALL THE WILL OF GOD.