Refuel - The Fullness of God
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What is the “inner man?”
The inner man is not merely our mental self. It is not merely our intellect, emotions, and will. Rather, it is the spiritual self which was reborn when we received Christ (John 3:16; Eph. 4:24). Paul distinguishes clearly between the inner man and the flesh in Romans 7. This inner man “wants to do good,” “delights with God’s Law,” “is a slave to God’s law” (vv. 21, 22, 25).
Paul prays that in this inner man “he may strengthen you with power through His Spirit.” In 2 Corinthians 4:16, Paul writes that “outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” A part of a Christian is getting old, decaying, deteriorating. A part is also getting fresher and more vital, increasing, and becoming richer, deeper, and stronger. That is the inner man.
This inner man is the true us; this is who we are. That true “us” is recreated in the likeness of God, in holiness and true righteousness. It wishes to do good; it joyfully concurs with the law of God; it experiences no condemnation; it is not destroyed by bad circumstances; it is renewed by feeding on eternal truth. That is who you are. That is where God strengthens you through his spirit with power.