1. Introduction to the “old man” and the spiritual processing from death, burial, resurrection and ascension to a new life of spiritual authority with Christ

I wrote in the previous post about “The Key Which Explains The Mystery Of The Believer’s Equal Position Of Authority With Christ.” While it is a spiritual mystery, Apostle Paul  taught us that the only prelude to this great spiritual authority is a spiritual processing through sharing in the death, burial,  resurrection and ascension of  our Lord Jesus.

Apostle Paul clearly shows in two parallel letters that there is an old man who must be processed spiritually in order to inherit the blessings of authority with Christ. This spiritual processing begins with being buried with Christ in order to become dead to sin. The old man, being dead to sin, is then spiritually resurrected like Christ to become a new man. The spiritually resurrected new man can no longer practice sin and ascends spiritually to this new life of authority with Christ:

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

… we are buried with him by baptism into death that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection

…  our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin

For he that is dead is freed from sin (Romans 6: 1 – 6)

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2: 5 & 6).

2. Who then is this “old man?”

Apostle Paul said that “…  our old (g3820/palaios) man (g444/anthrōposis) crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” (Romans 6: 5).  Palaios, the Greek word for “old,” is used in reference to the old man in the following texts:

the old man

  • the old, corrupt man – Ephesians 4: 22
  • the old man with his deeds. Apostle Paul clarified that the deeds of the old man included fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, covetousness, which is idolatry, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy and filthy communication  – Colossians 3: 5, 8 & 9).

Two other usages of Palaios give additional imagery of the old man:

something that was formerly used – we MUST put off the old man

  • the vail which covered the eyes of the Jews in the old testament – 2 Corinthians 3: 14
  • the old leaven – 1 Corinthians 5: 7 & 8

extremely used and worn old bottles and clothing

  • using a new piece of cloth to darn an old garment – Matthew 9: 16; Mark 2: 21; Luke 5: 36
  • putting new wine into old bottles since they will break – Matthew 9: 17; Mark 2: 22; Luke 5: 37

3. Conclusion

This old man has to be crucified so that the believer can rise to the place of spiritual authority in  Christ.  The believer who is seated together with Christ in the heavenly places is no longer the old man who was  dead in trespasses and sins.

We will further examine the concept of  “old man” in upcoming posts in the will of the Lord.  Blessings, peace, angelic prosperity and protection.