Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in us
Romans 7:15 -
For that which I do I know not: for not what I would, that do I practise; but what I hate, that I do.
Everyone must be aware of the famous story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, where Dr Jekyll is the god character and Mr Hyde the evil character which dwell in the same person like a split personality. We all have this split personality dwelling in us to some extent.
Many years back when I had not even gone through these scriptures in Romans the Lord was teaching me on this when I was on a trip with a brother who was also in the Lord but at that time was more mature than me and thus I used to look up to him.
Even though he was more knowledgeable and experienced than me yet he also had the Jekyll and Hyde factor in him. We were in the same room in a hotel and he had a weakness. One day he fell to his temptation and that night the Lord showed me what he had done. The next day when I confronted him on it he nearly broke down. He did have problem on that incident for some time but latter overcame. That incident also taught me what happened to him could happen to me too, thereafter I fear Men and Women of God when I spiritually backslide.
These characters of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are also referred by Paul as the New and Old man in us. The Dr Jekyll is the born again person in us which loves light and the Kingdom of God. But even though we are born again in Christ we still have this Mr Hyde who tries to undo our progress in the Kingdom of God and bring us back into darkness.
People think that this Mr Hyde is completely destroyed in them when they are born again. They are not wrong to some extend but are also not right because they do not know who this Mr Hyde is.
The Mr Hyde is us is the evil in us which is partly our creation and partly inherited from our ancestors. When we are born again the part which is our creation is completely destroyed but that which is inherited remains. This part which remains is not the sins of our ancestors, for God does not punish the children for the sins of the fathers but yet we have some scriptures which state something like that.
We need to understand when we do a wrong deed our wrong deed is not passed unto our children but the nature to do that wrong deed is. For example if I murder a person or even tell a lie the blood I spilled or the lie sin would not be passed unto my child but the nature to do a murder or the nature to lie will. This nature to sin that we inherit or creator is the Hyde in us, while the nature of Christ which we are induced with when we are born again in Him is the Jekyll in us. The more of Jekyll grows in us the more the Hyde character gets supressed. This is the overcoming which the Holy Spirit helps us in our walk in the path of Christ.
This Hyde was created right from Adam and all our ancestors have added unto that character. As the Lord states the nature to do that wrongs goes down 4 generations if none fall unto that specific nature then the nature to do that dies. But every time a person falls prey to that nature or creates it that nature gets passed on for another 4 generations.
Now imagine the accumulated evil nature that lies beneath us, it is like a volcano waiting to bust. But yet we should not worry for it was this is the reason the Lord said the more of His grace and His Spirit would be poured in the latter days knowing we would have a greater Hyde to deal with.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are Holy and You want your children to also be holy. You hate sin and when Adam and Eve sinned You cursed them. But You also made a way for us to overcome the result of the curse by making available a Branch to be grafted unto by your Spirit. Lord, as we keep on breaking our links to the old vine Adam and get grafted into the New Vine which is Christ strengthen us and hold us up by your abundant grace...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripturesr ]
1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
18 The LORD is longsuffering [slow to anger], and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation
27 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast.
28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.
29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.
31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
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