When moral progress is in retreat, life is headed for defeat. Today people don’t like to discuss what it means to sin. They’d rather just do it and not think about the ethics or the consequences. God has the answer to overcoming sin.
When education doesn’t include moral standards, it graduates students who lack wisdom to overcome their desires and to avoid harmful behaviors. Wisdom matters!
When we’re born again, a new person is birthed in us. Then there is conflict between the old person born of the flesh and the new person born of the Spirit. The process of putting off the old person (dying to self) and putting on the new person (being changed from glory to glory) begins. The Bible calls this process both repentance and sanctification. Theology calls it spiritual formation. We are not only to “strip off” our old person, but also its practices.
When the Bible uses the term “knowledge,” it isn’t mere “information.” The Greek word is “epignōsin” and it means recognition and discernment. The new person is being made new in its ability to recognize and discern like God does. It is learning to see from God’s perspective instead of from a human perspective.