Apostle Grace Lubega
Romans 8:13 (KJV); For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
There is a difference between the man of the flesh and the man of the spirit. In simple terms, in you, is a man of the flesh and also in you, is a man of the spirit, whom Paul in Ephesians 3:16 calls the inner man.
The spirit is enmity to the flesh. Paul reveals his experience of the conflict between the man of the spirit and the man of the flesh. He said, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me” (Romans 7:18-20).
Because some people do not understand this duality, they criticise grace preachers by claiming that they promote sin when they emphasise the strength of the inner man who is incorruptible and is born of God (1 Peter 1:23).
Saints, if the man of the flesh and the man of the spirit were both the same and on the same spiritual wavelength, it would not be possible to mortify the deeds of the body. The Greek Word thanatoo for mortify in our theme scripture is translated to mean, “to put to death, to kill, to destroy.”
The innerman is one with God, for the Bible says that he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17). The innerman is supposed to be stronger, stable, established in truth and grounded in the realities of the realm of God.
Instead of criticising the grace doctrine, we should teach men how to strengthen the man of the spirit, how to fortify and rule him. It is this teaching that extends to men the ability to overcome weakness in the physical man, the man of the flesh.
FURTHER STUDY: Ephesians 3:16, Romans 7:15-20
GOLDEN NUGGET: Instead of criticising the grace doctrine, we should teach men how to strengthen the man of the spirit, how to fortify and rule him. It is this teaching that extends to men the ability to overcome weakness in the physical man, the man of the flesh.
PRAYER: My Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for Your grace and the imputed righteousness upon my life. I am established in this righteousness and strengthened in the inner man every day. By this knowledge, I overcome all forms of weakness. To the glory of Your name, Amen.