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Alpe Olman and Ipse Numan
by Lynn Wallace
04/28/10
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From Galatians 5:13-26; KJV
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another (Gal. 5:13).

Apse Olman is the old nature in me. His leader is the devil.

Ipse Numan is the new nature in me. His leader is Jesus Christ.

We choose which one has the upper hand in us. The wise will choose to say, “Yes,” to Ipse Numan. The foolish will permit Apse Olman to have his way.

Apse is prone to wander. He cannot do right of himself. Christ has set us free, not to serve ourselves, but by love to serve one another.

Alpe does not deliberately make me hurt. Will we do something, perhaps inadvertently, to cause hurt to another? Or will we follow Christ’s law of love?

But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another (Gal. 5:15).

If Alpe acts in the flesh, others may eat me up.

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).

However, if Ipse on the other hand walks in the Spirit; I will have victory over the flesh.

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other” (Gal. 5:;17)

We have in us Ipse Numan and Alpe Olman (new man; old man). We may picture it by two dogs inside us fighting against each other.

Which one wins? We say sickum to the winner. “Ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:17c-21).

Because of Alpe Olman, we fall into sin's trap. We want to do right, but I am still a sinner Only by God's grace can I avoid doing the works of the flesh.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:22-23).

If I yield myself unto God, and walk in the Spirit, God fills me with His Spirit. He implants the fruit of the Spirit in my life.

Now Ipse loves others unselfishly. This brings love rejoicing. It floods my heart with the peace of God. It rules my heart with love reposing. It makes me longsuffering, patient in putting up with pain and aggravating things over time—love enduring. It causes gentleness in us, not seeking to get even—love submitting. All such with goodness and kindness—love giving. We have faith-love trusting. The Spirit fills us with meekness and humbleness. He cause us to be temperate or disciplined—love controlled

And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another” (Gal. 5:24-26).

Ipse has died to self: and lives unto God, not wanting things for himself nor stirring up trouble. He does not grasp after things or fame. He wants Christ's glory, not his own.

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