9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? 10 I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind..."
It is only through God's testing, judgement and revelation by the Holy Spirit that a person comes to understand the true state of his or her heart. We are all born with a sinful nature, which the Bible calls 'the old man'.
God detests the old Adamic man, 'the old man' which is proud, self-righteous, rebellious, sinful and unbelieving. Sin can be understood in several ways, but one good definition of sin is 'self-righteousness'. God absolutely hates the self-righteousness of man, and He will take severe measures to deal with it. Why? Because our self-righteousness stops us from repenting and accepting the true righteousness of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. 'The old man' is self-righteous, but 'the new man' that God wants us to have is God Righteous.
So what is God's solution to deal with 'the old man'? God does not re-educate 'the old man', He does not transform him, He does not ask 'the old man' to repent, nor does God try to change his nature. God has only one solution for 'the old man' and that is to crucify him. Yes, He kills and destroys 'the old man'. Now the most glorious and powerful truth of the gospel (the full good news) of Jesus Christ is that everybody's 'old man' has already been crucified with Jesus Christ on the cross.
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