The Old Man is Dead

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Have you ever thought you had everything figured out and you knew just what you needed to do? There are times when I do and then God comes along and changes it all up. Don’t get me wrong, I love it because I know He is still working on me.

I thought I had my article all worked out and almost ready to go when I went to bed Sunday evening. Yet God wasn’t done yet. He wanted me to go in a whole different direction so He woke me up at 2 in the morning and wouldn’t let me go back to sleep. So, I got up and what you are reading came from that time.

Sunday evening we had our Community 5th Sunday Singing at Hi-Land Christian Church. It was a celebration of what God had done since their building caught on fire and burnt the auditorium. It now stands as a beautiful testimony to the power of God.

There were some beautiful songs that were shared and beautiful voices sharing them. One of them touched my heart as it always does. Bro. Allen Snapp sang – “The Old Man is Dead” by DelWay. He said that he had other songs but was requested to sing this one. The words just tell the story. It goes like this ---

The first verse says – “Now and then an old friend of mine I've not seen in some time, Will stop by and ask me where I've been; what's on my mind? They wonder why I’m not drinking and still painting this old town red; I tell them I’m serving Jesus now and the old man is dead.”

The chorus says – “The man you see before you may look a lot the same. I may wear the same clothes and have the same old name. But you're looking on the outside, if you could see inside instead; you would see a brand new man 'cause the old man is dead.”

The second verse says – “I use to live such a wicked life, I had no hope in sight; I was lost in the darkness, searching for the light. Then one night in a little church after hearing what the preacher said, I gave my life to Jesus and the old man is dead.”

The words to that song just tell the story of every person who has trusted Christ as their Savior. Oh, they may have never drunk any alcohol, said a bad word or painted the old town red, but when they were separated from Christ the old man was still alive and doing what they wanted to do.

When a person comes to understand that the sin in their life is keeping them from being the person God would have them be, they can confess it to God. Romans 10:9-10 says “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. You shall be saved; 10 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses resulting in salvation.”

When one confesses their sin, turns to Christ and leaves the old way of life, then the ‘old man is dead’. Every Christian has the same story. Oh, the past will be a little different for every person, but when they accept Christ as their Savior, turn from their sin and follow Christ, the old man is dead.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul is writing to the church in Corinth and says – “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Sounds like the ‘old man is dead’ to me, how about you?

Bro. Allen says that is his testimony of his life, but it’s mine and yours as well. Our past may be a little different, but when we ask Jesus into our hearts, surrender our will to His and live for Him, the ‘old man’ dies. We are made alive in Christ.

So let me ask you – “Is the old man dead in you? Are you serving Jesus now? If not, today is a good day to begin. Remember,

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul