The New Oil in The Old Vase

Regarding Paul’s cry for deliverance in Romans 7:24, Charles Spurgeon said:
“It was the custom of ancient tyrants, when they wished to put men to the most fearful punishments, to tie a dead body to them, placing the two back to back; and there was the living man, with a dead body closely strapped to him, rotting, putrid, corrupting, and this he must drag with him wherever he went. Now, this is just what the Christian has to do.  He has within him the new life; he has a living and undying principle, which the Holy Spirit has put within him, but he feels that every day he has to drag about with him this dead body, this body of death, a thing as loathsome, as hideous, as abominable to his new life, as a dead stinking carcass would be to a living man.”

That’s the reality of our new life in Christ. We’ve been washed. We’ve been justified. We’ve been clothed in His righteousness. But we still drag around the corpse of our former selves.

So what are we to do about it?

We are to hack it to pieces in front of God just as Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the Lord at Gilgal (see 1 Samuel 15:33).
We are to put off the old self with its evil practices and put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him. (see Colossians 3:9-10).
We are to engage in a daily battle against the members of our flesh which are like a prison incarcerating us and tethering us to our former wickedness.
We are to live a life of Sanctification in Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

It is an actual reality that we have been delivered from sin and that its power no longer has its grip on us. However, we’re new creatures in old vessels namely our body. We’re new oil in old vases. The desires, emotions, will, and thoughts of that old vessel want to dominate our lives. We must, at all cost, kill its desires daily so that we might live.

Paul says, “So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (see Romans 8:12-13).
What are we to do about it?
We are to live a life of Sanctification in Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Don’t give up on the battle against the sinful desires and demands of the body. Pray, plead with God as you discipline it and make it your slave (see 1 Corinthians 9:27).
The war has already been won at the cross and one day He will bring to perfection that good work He started in you (see Philippians 1:6).

Read the French version:”La Nouvelle Huile dans l’Ancien Vase

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