Old Man or Peculiar Person?
By Robert Garner
How marvelous and merciful is our LORD that turns the Old Man into a Peculiar Person. The symbolic state of being an “Old Man” can be a reference to young men and women too, who can spiritually be an “Old Man”. Many Christians regret not putting on the “new man” at a younger age. (KJV) Ephesians 4:22-24, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”.
In private conversations with trusted Christian brothers and sisters, numerous Christians will confess at one time in their lives, they were a slave to sin. The agreement comes forth by all that being a slave to sin, best defines the nature of the old man. See BRCN “The Pit”.
In many countries, the elderly are highly respected individuals within the community. Elders are sought out for their years of experience in various subjects. Unfortunately, however, as we age it can become more difficult to make necessary corrections; “bad habits die hard”. Proverbs 19:20, “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end”. Job 32:9, “Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment”. Proverbs 15:10, “Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: he that hateth reproof shall die”.
God Almighty takes over with His conversion of the Old Man which requires instruction for all of us who were once old men. God proclaims, Titus 2:2-7, “aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. Aged women likewise, be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given too much wine, teachers of good things. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children. To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, [honor purity] gravity, sincerity.”
Romans 6:6, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin”.
A very interesting mystery can take place in our former old man disorder. Things that can be known of God are written on the heart of every old man.
A friend of mine is a major university professor of mathematics. His god is the science of numbers, enough said! He hikes the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains. With a beautiful blue-sky horizon, a windless and cloudless day on one summer’s climb, he reached the summit of a 7000-footer. Pondering his success of the ascent on top of the mountain, within minutes he broke down and cried like a baby; to this day he can’t explain the reason he wept so freely.
Romans 1:20, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”.
What’s this “Peculiar Person” all about after God removes our old man? Sounds like some strange odd kind of change. Well, if you’re a peculiar person, “then you shall be a (possession-property), a peculiar treasure” to the LORD, above all other people and nations on earth; chosen by the LORD as sinners that shall be (converted, turned back) to Him, see Psa. 51:13.
“The LORD hath avouched (Strong’s # H559 spoken) to you this day, to say you are his peculiar people, as He has promised you, that you should keep all his commandments”. Titus 2:14, “Who gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works”.
Finally, my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, rejoice in your putting off of the Old Man, as now you’ve become a Peculiar Person. 1 Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
“Both young man, and maidens; old men, and children”.
Psalm 148:12,13, “Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.”
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Robert W. Garner and his wife live in Union Mills, Rutherford County, NC. He’s a Christian Bible study researcher/writer/coach allied with other Biblical Scripture investigators unaffiliated with any church denominations. Their Scripture research spans 600 years of Christian Bible languages which include English, Hebrew, and Greek. As God Almighty commands in 1 Corinthians 2:13 we search the scriptures; “not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but what the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual with spiritual”; which is a scripture with scripture.
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