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What is the Inner Man?

Paul makes several references to the inner man in his epistles (2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 3:16). I joyfully agree with God's law in my inner man, but I observe a different law in the components of my body, according to Romans 7:22–23. Another term for a person's spiritual side is their "inner man." In contrast, the "outer man" would be the aspect of a person that is visible from the outside.

God endowed humans with a spirit, soul, and body when they were created (Genesis 1:27; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). We have heard that we are souls with bodies, not bodies with souls. Our physical home, or "outer man," is the body, which serves as our window to the outside world. The five senses and the innate needs that prompt us to eat, drink, and sleep are how our bodies primarily function. Our bodies are gifts from God and are not evil. He wants us to offer our bodies to Him as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1–2). When we accept God's gift of salvation through Christ, the Holy Spirit is housed in our bodies as his temple (1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 3:16).

The personality centres of our bodies—our souls—are where our mind, will, and emotions are controlled. We can either listen to and follow the lusts of our flesh or the desires of the Holy Spirit with our souls (Galatians 5:16–17; Romans 8:9; Mark 14:38). The courtroom where choices about one's life are made is the person's soul. It is the centre of one's own identity and the source of qualities like self-assurance, self-pity, self-seeking, and self-affirmation.

The inner man of which the Scriptures speak is contained in our spirits. The place where the Spirit of God speaks with us is in our spirits. God is spirit, and those who worship him must do so in spirit and truth, according to Jesus (John 4:24). We are reborn spiritually within our bodies (John 3:3–6). The conscience is a part of the "inner man," which the Holy Spirit can influence and use to convict people of sin (John 16:8; Acts 24:16). The parts of us that resemble God the most are our spirits, which possess a fundamental moral sense (Romans 2:14–15). Who else but the person's own spirit within them is aware of their thoughts, according to First Corinthians 2:11? In a similar vein, only God's Spirit has access to His thoughts.

God wants and intends for us to live our lives under the constant guidance of our newly-born nature, which is in harmony with God's Spirit. But because our sinful natures want to be in charge, there is a spiritual conflict. Who will deliver me from this body of death? is a question that every devoted follower of Christ poses in Romans 7:24. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord, according to verse 25! The degree to which we allow the Holy Spirit to rule over that inner man determines how much we walk in perpetual victory over our corrupted flesh.


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