CHRISTIAN LIFE

“Sometimes our Christian life and love are divided between
the two Adams.  It may be 60-40 in favor of the last Adam,
still it is shared.  But the Lord Jesus paid it all, gave His all,
deserves our all, requires all, because He is our ALL.
Ours is to be total separation–death to the old, life in the New.”
(Hungry Heart #7, pg.24)

The growing believer will be inconsistent but never carnal. 

Vern Peterman  taught that we “put off the old man” at salvation.
(Eph.4:22).  C.A. Coates spoke of the “path of faith.”  If
we learn to depend on the Lord (walk by faith) we are growing
and being conformed to the image of Christ.  We agree it takes
much time and we marvel at the Lord’s patience with us. 
The Scofield headings are helpful,
I think in this chapter 4:

“Because the truth taught is commended by the life.” (2Cor.4:1)

“Because not self but Christ Jesus as Lord is preached.” (2 Cor. 4:2)
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I hope sharing some quotes here are welcome and benefit.
These are random quotes by Arno Gaebelein on 2 Cor.4.

“The old man has to be kept constantly in the place of death, self
must be judged and broken to pieces, that the light may shine forth.”
(he referenced the ancients who had their pitchers broken so that the
light could shine through.)

“The power is manifested through the earthen vessels in trial and
affliction.  But God’s gracious power is manifested in all these
earthly and trying circumstances.”
“”Always bearing about in his body the dying of the Lord Jesus
(made like Him, in that the man as such was reduced to nothing), in order      
that the life of Jesus, which death could not touch, which has triumphed
over death, should be manifested in his body, mortal as it was.  The
more the natural man was annihilated [annulled], the more was it evident
that a power was there which was not of man.  This was the principle,
but it was morally realized in the heart by faith.  Thus death wrought in
the apostle; what was merely of man, of nature and natural life,
disappeared, in order that life in Christ, developing itself in him on the
part of God and by His power, should work in the Corinthians by
his means.  [Paul] followed the Lord in all this and knew the fellowship
of His sufferings.  But through it the people of God were helped,
comforted and blessed.  In this sense life worked in them through the
self-sacrifice of the apostle.  And what sustains in all this?  It is faith.
And faith reckons on God who raiseth the death.”

To remain in our “crucified position”….our abiding position….how
restful to follow His leading.  There is less and less striving to “be”
like Christ….and trusting the Holy Spirit to produce His life in us.
Red flags go up when we hear that “pressing, striving to obey”
because we know that message is calling for “self” effort. 
And we need the message of His sufficiency and our resting in it.

Excerpts from Chapter IV:  Reckoning that Counts…Miles J. Stanford

“He shall teach you all things.”  It is often the case that hungry believers, needy as they know themselves to be, are more eager for experience than they are for revelation.  They want a minimum of truth and study, with a maximum of results.  But the more experience-centered they become, the less truth-established they will be.  The penalty of this wrong emphasisis self-centeredness instead of Christ centeredness.
This sad and selfish condition develops when we endeavor to handle and control the truth that we see.  But the truth of the Word does not respond to self.  “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God…neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14).  As we study, we are to rest in the Spirit of life in Christ.  The Lord Jesus said, “The Spirit of truth ….will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). There are those who even go so far as to attempt to use the Spirit.  They want Him to give them “power,” and many other self-centered “experiences” and “blessings.”  The Holy Spirit does not respond to such unholy aspirations.
In the midst of finding out about ourselves, we are to be especially aware of what we are in our Lord Jesus.  While the Spirit must cause us suffering in the crucifixion of the self-life, He comforts us in our growth in the new life.  “Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.  Behold, we count them happy which endure.  Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”  (James 5:10, 11).
As we turn from the old man by reckoning upon the work of the Cross, we turn to the new man in Christ by reckoning upon the work of the Spirit.  Gradually, as we grow, there are less and less “works of the flesh” evident, and more and more of the “fruit of the Spirit” manifested in our daily walk. (Gal. 5: 19, 22).
What comfort there is in the faithful work of the Comforter!  In the natural realm, a worm is changed into a butterfly– a different creature, but of the same order of life.  In the spiritual realm, a believer is reborn—a totally “new creation in Christ Jesus” (2 Cor. 5:17, margin).  Therefore we “yield ourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead,” and in dependence upon the Comforter we “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:13: 6:4).