Emanna for 05/03/2019
Put Off the Old Man
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.