the old Adam

the old Adam

The evil or reckless side of human nature, as attributed to the Biblical Adam (who disobeyed God's orders). I'm so sorry I yelled at you like that—the old Adam really got a hold of me there. The old Adam is in each of you, but do not succumb to it. Turn away from sin, children.
See also: Adam, old
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the old Adam

unregenerate human nature.
In Christian symbolism, the old Adam represents fallen man as contrasted with the second Adam , Jesus Christ.
1993 Outdoor Canada It is the Old Adam in us. We are descendants of a long line of dirt farmers, sheepherders…and so forth.
See also: Adam, old
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References in classic literature ?
You have not only got the old Adam in yourself against you, but you have got all those descendants of the original Adam who form the society around you.
Water is thus the most apt sign to signify the imparting of the supernatural life of grace, supernatural cleansing and purification, and a spiritual dying to the old Adam and a rising in Christ.
Funnyman Jim Carrey definitely has a bit of the old Adam in him.
the old Adam; the offending Adam Adam, as the head of unredeemed man, stands for " original sin, " or " man without regenerating grace.