Listen to “Petra – Killing My Old Man” on YouTube
It is a spiritual death that we go through in order to truly live. Dieing to our old ways, our old life our old self.
Dead to this world, its philosophy, politics, schemes.
Still alive, very much alive physically but changed inside, a completely new nature.
In this world but not of it.
Much like a “weekend at Burnies” (👈look it up👍click it) don’t let your former ways live on.
Move on, progress in a new life, guided, prodded, possessed by God’s Holy Spirit; The same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
All this happens, as it did for me, when we seek Christ’s Holy Spirit.
Some won’t believe. Some may change drastically. Some may change then let their old ways dominate them again, but one thing is certain, The Holy Ghost can fill and restore us forever, beyond the grave, which He conquerors.
God’s Word backs all this up:
What shall we say [to all this]?
Should we continue in sin and practice sin as a habit so that [God’s gift of] grace may increase and overflow?
⚠Certainly not! ⚠
How can we, the very ones who died to sin, continue to live in it any longer?
Or are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
We have therefore been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory and power of the Father, we too might walk habitually in newness of life [abandoning our old ways].
For if we have become one with Him [permanently united] in the likeness of His death, we will also certainly be [one with Him and share fully] in the likeness of His resurrection.
We know that our old self [our human nature without the Holy Spirit] was nailed to the cross with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.
For the person who has died [with Christ] has been freed from [the power of] sin.
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live [together] with Him, because we know [the self-evident truth] that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him.
For the death that He died, He died to sin [ending its power and paying the sinner’s debt] once and for all; and the life that He lives, He lives to [glorify] God [in unbroken fellowship with Him].
Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin [and your relationship to it broken], but alive to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts and passions.
Do not go on offering members of your body to sin as instruments of wickedness. But offer yourselves to God [in a decisive act] as those alive [raised] from the dead [to a new life], and your members [all of your abilities—SANCTIFIED, SET APART] as instruments of righteousness [yielded] to God.
For sin will no longer be a master over you, since you are not under Law [as slaves], but under [unmerited] GRACE [as recipients of God’s favor and mercy].
What then [are we to conclude]?
Shall we sin because we are not under Law, but under [God’s] grace?
⚠Certainly not! ⚠
Do you not know that when you continually offer yourselves to someone to do his will, you are the slaves of the one whom you obey, either [slaves] of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness (right standing with God)?
But thank God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient with all your heart to the standard of teaching in which you were instructed and to which you were committed.
And having been set free from sin, you have become the slaves of righteousness [of conformity to God’s will and purpose].
I am speaking in [familiar] human terms because of your natural limitations [your spiritual immaturity].
For just as you presented your bodily members as slaves to impurity and to [moral] lawlessness, leading to further lawlessness, so now offer your members [your abilities, your talents] as slaves to righteousness, leading to sanctification [that is, being set apart for God’s purpose].
When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness [you had no desire to conform to God’s will].
So what benefit did you get at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? [None!]
For the outcome of those things is death!
But now since you have been set free from sin and have become [willing] slaves to God, you have your benefit, resulting in sanctification [that is being set apart for God’s purpose], and the outcome [of this] is eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
ROMANS 6:1-23 AMP
G.R.A.C.E =GOD’S RICHES AT CHRIST EXPENSE (giving us what we don’t deserve.
MERCY =Not giving us what we do deserve (naturally inheriting death & punishment for turning against God with no faith or dependence on Him).
Romans chapter 7 goes on to talk about the struggle we face while still in our flesh and ends with this…
Thanks be to God [for my deliverance] through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind serve the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh [my human nature, my worldliness, my sinful capacity–I serve] the law of sin.
ROMANS 7:25 AMP
So also I say, praise be to God, my Heavenly Father who through His Son made things right so that i, even me, can be filled by His Spirit; looking forward to eternity (my life after life).
A life of Holiness is calling.
With Him, Beetle
Classic rock, classic Petra:https://youtu.be/BhPVOyzZBqk
Everyone who believes [with a deep, abiding trust in the fact] that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed) is born of God [that is, reborn from above–spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose], and everyone who loves the Father also loves the child born of Him. By this we know [without any doubt] that we love the children of God: [expressing that love] when we love God and obey His commandments.
For the [true] love of God is this: that we habitually keep His commandments and remain focused on His precepts. And His commandments and His precepts are not difficult [to obey].
For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world–our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God].
Who is the one who is victorious and overcomes the world?
It is the one who believes and recognizes the fact that JESUS is the Son of God.
This is He who came through water and blood [His baptism and death], Jesus Christ–not by the water only, but by the water and the blood. It is the [Holy] Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. [He is the essence and origin of truth itself.]
For there are three witnesses: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three are in agreement [their testimony is perfectly consistent].
If we accept [as we do] the testimony of men [that is, if we are willing to take the sworn statements of fallible humans as evidence], the testimony of God is greater [far more authoritative]; for this is the testimony of God, that He has testified regarding His Son. The one who believes in the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies confidently on Him as Savior] has the testimony within himself [because he can speak authoritatively about Christ from his own personal experience].
The one who does not believe God [in this way] has made Him [out to be] a liar, because he has not believed in the evidence that God has given regarding His Son.
And the testimony is this: God has given us eternal life [we already possess it], and this life is in His Son [resulting in our spiritual completeness, and eternal companionship with Him].
He who has the Son [by accepting Him as Lord and Savior] has the life [that is eternal]; he who does not have the Son of God [by personal faith] does not have the life.
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God [which represents all that Jesus Christ is and does], so that you will know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that you [already] have eternal life.
This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose]
He hears us. And if we know [for a fact, as indeed we do] that He hears and listens to us in whatever we ask, we [also] know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted to us] the requests which we have asked from Him.
1 JOHN 5:1-15 AMP