Before he died Johnny Cash made the statement, “I have come to realize that I am part good and part bad. It did not have to be that way.”
Cash was right, it did not have to be that way. The question becomes, did he ever understand why it did not have to be that way? And if he did understand, could he have done anything about it? I doubt it.
The answer is simple though you will not find it being explained in your gospel preaching, soul winning churches, much to my chagrin. The reason for this is that the pastors have become hirelings instead of shepherds. To understand “WHY”, you must understand the principal of the inner and outer-man taught by Paul.
Man is composed of two separate men; the inner-man where the Holy Spirit resides if it has been invited in, and second, the outer-man which is made up of six separate parts (the number for man and for Lucifer’s empire). The six parts of the outer-man are: physical, mental, emotional, relationships, the man’s ministry, and his material wealth.
The critical thing to understand is that when the Holy Spirit comes into the human spirit (inner-man) and the two spirits become as one, a spiritual phenomenon takes place and the human spirit is instantly regenerated. When this occurs two things take place. First, our sin is washed away by the blood of the Lamb. Second, where we will spend eternity is set in concrete. But that is all that happens. Salvation, Regeneration, being Born Again, or whatever you wish to call it is a matter dealing with the spirit man only (the inner-man).
Whatever condition the outer-man was in prior to the “born again” experience, he remains in after the born again experience; arthritis before, arthritis after, promiscuous before, promiscuous after, etc.
Christ became our substitute and set us free from the Law of Sin and Death.
Now, for the second time he is willing to become our substitute and set us free from the results of sin through deliverance.
Johnny Cash was a churched man. Had his pastor cared enough to implement the Law of Substitution to his outer-man, setting him free from the results of sin, he might well be alive today. He died prematurely.