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Emanna for 05/03/2019

Put Off the Old Man

Bible Verses

Eph 4:22 That you put off, as regards your former manner of life, the old man, which is being corrupted according to the lusts of the deceit, Rom 6:4 We have been buried therefore with Him through baptism into His death (6) Knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with Him

Words of Ministry

The old man is of Adam, created by God, but fallen through sin. The article before the word deceit is emphatic and indicates that the word deceit is personified. Hence, deceit here refers to the deceiver, the Devil, from whom are the lusts of the corrupted old man. The old man is corrupted according to the lusts of the Devil, the deceiving one. Outwardly, the manner of life of the old man is a walk in the vanity of the mind. Inwardly, the old man is corrupted according to the lusts of the Devil, the lusts of the deceit. This old man was crucified with Christ and was buried in baptism (Rom. 6:4). Hallelujah, we have put off the old man in baptism! Baptism is not a form or a ritual; it signifies our identification with Christ. Through baptism we are immersed into Christ, taking Him as our realm, that we may be united with Him as one in His death and resurrection. We were born in the sphere of Adam
[the old man]
, but through baptism we have been transferred into the sphere of Christ
[the new man]
.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 401. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 10/23/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.