To the Saints Radio
You are to have put off, concerning the former way of life, the old man, which is being corrupted according to its desires of deceit, and to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and to have put on the new man, having been created according to God in righteousness and holiness of truth. Eph. 4:22-24
Who is this old man?
How do we “put him off” or transition out of him?
Who is this new man?
How do we put on or live out of that?
We are going to talk about all that today. The spiritual reality is that all of us in Christ are part of the One New Humanity, yet there is a working out of this reality in the physical realm. We are going to start with the transition from one humanity to the other.
The Great Transition
Problems – we all have them.
* Other Christians
* The Church
* Our own spiritual life or ourselves
* The World
* They drain us – spiritually, physically, emotionally
“[We] are missing the glory because [our] eyes are either turned inward or earthward: that is [our] problem.”
Two Things We Need
* A larger vision than our own personal problems
* To see our problems in a related way
In the Beginning…Creation God’s First Adam
Adam and Eve were created to be God’s Crowning Achievement of Creation, the vessels by which to express His Divine Life/the Life of Christ
They chose a different life–self (death), Counterfeit, Sin caused separation
Christ Became Human (Last Adam)
God getting what he always wanted through His Last Adam-Jesus
The Lord Jesus, the true son of God, the Last Adam, was conceived in the womb of his mother Mary by the Holy Spirit and was born complete with the DNA of the Father and the DNA of Humanity. Fully Human and Fully Divine.
For in Him all the fullness of Deity (the Godhead) dwells in bodily form [completely expressing the divine essence of God]. Col 2:9
For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him Col 1:9
Jesus, the last Adam, was humanity as God intended-constantly affirming, displaying, revealing the centrality and purpose of the Father through the flesh of Humanity.
He(Jesus) has revealed Him(the Father) and brought Him out where He can be seen (display); He has interpreted Him(making the Father Knowable) and he has made Him( the Father) known. John 1:18
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality God a treasure to be grasped and retained but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Phil 2:6-7
Jesus Christ Humanity is Perfected-Qualified
Jesus Christ perfected this humanity-Humanity as God intended through what he suffered while walking the earth and the work on the cross.
For it was fitting for Him(God), for whom are all things and through whom are all things, in leading many sons into glory, to make the Author of their salvation(Jesus) perfect(qualified) through suffering.
To Make Jesus perfect was to make Him perfect in terms of qualification- the completion of His experience of human sufferings was needed to make Him Fit to become the Author, the Leader and Source of this new humanity.
Man Born into Sin (Adam) Natural Man (earthy)
So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.