Spiritual Gifts part 199: The new man runs the race.
December 4, 2011
Spiritual Gifts Part 199: The race is run by the new man.
Suffering is part of the plan of God for our life.
At every step, at every cross roads, there is a hurdle. Sometimes it is affliction. Other times it is worry. Or riches. Or pleasure.
The Father’s plan for our life is our race to run.
His great desire is that we leap over each and every one by believing His promises about what awaits on the other side of that hurdle.
In connection with the metaphor of the contestant, ogkos
The weights are hindering our advance in the growth in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 5:7
Is this thing a weight, or is it a wing?
skillfully surrounding i. e. besetting, namely, to prevent or retard running:
This is what the New Testament refers to as the “flesh” and what we commonly call the old sin nature.
singular accusative of
a governing principle or power, e. g., Rom 6:6, "(the body) of sin," here "sin" is spoken of as an organized power, acting through the members of the body, that is anti-God.
This is the accusative direct object in the singular.
The old sin nature is Adam's trend after the fall in action.
The old sin nature resides in the cell structure of the body and is the source of all inner temptation.
1 Cor 16:9
Our race is the race of the new man who walks by means of the Spirit.
Our old sin nature is the competitor to the Holy Spirit.
When we run the race, the old sin nature does what it can to impede our progress and divert us from the course.
denotes, in the middle voice,
Rom 8: 2