The New Spiritual Species
From 2 Cor 5:17 and Gal 6:15 we understand that the born again believer has been made into a new creature, a new creation, which we call a New Spiritual Species.
2 Cor 5:17, “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
Gal 6:15, “For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.”
1. Characteristics of the New Spiritual Species.
a. The New Spiritual Species is created by the Baptism of the Spirit at salvation. This positional sanctification constitutes the equal privilege of predestination.
b. The New Spiritual Species is forever protected from liability at the last judgment; you cannot lose your salvation, Rom 8:1.
c. The New Spiritual Species possesses eternal life, 1 John 5:11 12.
d. The New Spiritual Species possesses a double divine righteousness: the imputed perfect righteousness of God the Father, Rom 3:22, and the perfect righteousness we share with Jesus Christ through positional sanctification, 1 Cor 1:30.
e. The New Spiritual Species has an inheritance protected by the omnipotence of God, 1 Peter 1:4-5, “To obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. 5who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
f. Being a New Spiritual Species is not progressive. It cannot be improved in time or in eternity. It is a gift of God and originates from His sovereignty; therefore, we cannot improve it by anything we do.
g. Yet we are commanded to put it on which means, learn about and live in the holiness and righteousness of God through the intake and application of Bible doctrine through the filling of God the Holy Spirit, Eph 2:15; 4:24; Col 3:10.
Eph 4:24, “And put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
h. Being a New Spiritual Species is not an emotion or an experience. It is not an empirical function. Emotion is a normal part of life, a normal soul function, but it has no part in leading the Christian life, only in responding to it. You can be filled with the Holy Spirit and be emotional about something, but emotion is not a sign of spirituality; it is not a function of the filling of the Holy Spirit.
i. Being a New Spiritual Species is not related to any form of human works or human merit.
j. The New Spiritual Species of the Church Age is both justified and sanctified. We are justified as New Spiritual Species, Rom 3:24. (OT believers were also justified upon receiving the imputation of God’s perfect righteousness.) We are sanctified, (entered into union with Christ), as New Spiritual Species, 1 Cor 1:2, 30; Heb 10:10, 14. (No OT believer was ever entered into union with Christ.)
1 Cor 1:30, “But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.”
Heb 10:14, “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”
k. OT believers were justified after the pattern of Abraham. Gen 15:6, “Abraham believed in the Lord and it was credited to his account for righteousness,” But it was not until the great power experiment of the hypostatic union was extended into the Church Age that a New Spiritual Species was created.
l. The New Spiritual Species is unique to the Church Age, never existed in any previous dispensation, nor will it exist in any future dispensation.
2. The Creation of the New Spiritual Species.
After four racial species, (descendants of Shem, Ham, Japheth, and Abraham), there now exists something far greater, a New Spiritual Species. In the history of the human race, only two new species have been added to genus Homo sapien. 1) Israel was added as the new racial species, through Abraham. The Jew is racially different from all the descendants of the sons of Noah; Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 2) The Church is the New Spiritual Species.
The New Spiritual Species is classified in Scripture as the body of Christ, Royal Family of God, and Church. It is unique and exclusive to the Church Age only and provides equal privilege and equal opportunity for all believers in the execution of God’s will, plan, and purpose for the Church Age.
The New Spiritual Species originates from regeneration at the moment of salvation through faith in Christ and the mechanics of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The new racial species of Israel was perpetuated through procreation, while in the Church Age the New Spiritual Species of the Royal Family of God is perpetuated through the Baptism of the Spirit at the point of salvation.
In addition, each new species, racial Jew and spiritual Church, originated from a category of Biblical death. Israel originated from Abraham’s sexual death, Rom 4:17 21; Heb 11:11 12. The Church originates from the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the union with the substitutionary spiritual death of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
As a result of the New Spiritual Species of the Church or body of Christ, distinction between Jew and Gentile is removed during the Church Age, Eph 2:11 22. God’s Word only distinguishes between believer and unbeliever during the Church Age. This erases any distinctions between mankind, and puts him in union with Christ. He is no longer any race or color, rich or poor; he is Royal Family of God forever. In fact, with the coming of the Church Age and the Baptism of the Spirit, the following distinctions are removed: racial, cultural, social, and sexual, Gal 3:26 28; Eph 2:11-12; 1 Cor 12:13ff. When you understand this doctrine, you no longer think of yourself in terms of human distinctions, but as a distinct personality for whom God has provided the most fantastic plan and the greatest opportunity in all of human history. Therefore, the classification of a New Spiritual Species for the Church Age eliminates every racial, national, social, cultural, economic, or geographical distinction, all handicap distinctions, such as variation in I.Q., attractiveness, ability, talent, or any other factor.
3. The Reason for the New Spiritual Species is the perpetuation of the great power experiment of the hypostatic union into the Church Age. This extension demands that all the power first given to Jesus Christ in hypostatic union is now made available to every believer, (although it is not used by many believers). Our Lord’s humanity relied upon the omnipotence of God the Father, the author of the prototype Divine power system, (filling of the Holy Spirit plus application of Bible Doctrine in the Soul). Our Lord remained inside the prototype power system throughout His life and so relied on the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit. Being born without Adam’s original sin, the Old Sin Nature, and never committing a personal sin our Lord remained impeccable by the sustaining power of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.
Now we are in the Church Age, created for the calling out of a Royal Family for our Lord’s new third royal warrant given at His session. We are here to complement our Lord’s strategic victory with a tactical victory. We have the operational type power system, which extends to us the same maximum availability of Divine power. The omnipotence of God the Father has provided us a Portfolio of Invisible Assets, the omnipotence of God the Son sustains the universe and human history, and the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit empowers us in the operational-type power system.
You now stand on the threshold of history with the opportunity to have an impact, which can change history and the course of our nation and of world history. Or, you can sink back into the morass of your preoccupation with self, your prejudices, your erroneous standards and priorities, your mixed up confused and hopeless standing around waiting to be amused attitude. You have a choice.
Whether you ever exploit your fantastic opportunity or not depends upon your renewing of your mind, Rom 12:2, a.k.a., epistemological rehabilitation, your cognition of Bible doctrine and its metabolization, and your resultant spiritual growth.
Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Being a New Spiritual Species allows for a lifestyle of wisdom: cognition of Bible doctrine, inculcation of Divine viewpoint over human viewpoint, and the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit inside the Divine power system.
We have the same assets and Divine power available to us as Jesus Christ, yet we are imperfect. This is why we had to be created a New Spiritual Species at salvation, apart from which we could not use Divine power.
4. The Purpose of the New Spiritual Species is to remove all past actions of miracles on which believers leaned, and instead to make available God’s power to all believers. Miracles are the easiest thing for the sovereignty of God. However, to affect history through born-again believers is in itself a system far, far greater than any miracle ever performed.
Just as you did not feel or experience the baptism of the Spirit at salvation, so you will not feel or experience the fantastic historical invisible impact of the Royal Family of God. Should you reach spiritual maturity, your impact on history is very great. In eternity future, all of man’s efforts in history are blotted out, and the only things recorded in the historical records of eternity are what mature believers did to change the course of history, cf. Rev 3:12.
The power provision of the New Spiritual Species includes the omnipotence of God the Father related to our Portfolio of Invisible Assets, the omnipotence of God the Son related to the perpetuation of human history and holding the universe together, and the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit related to our Divine power system. The utilization of this Divine power demands putting on the new man that is, renewing of your mind, which is cognition of pertinent Bible doctrine and advancement to the three stages of spiritual adulthood.
Because of this power provision, we have the unique opportunity to suffer for blessing under three categories, (providential preventive suffering, momentum testing, and evidence testing), for which there is no precedent in the Old Testament. The precedent for these three categories of suffering for blessing is found in the great power experiment of the hypostatic union.
Therefore, we are here to complement our Lord’s strategic victory of the Angelic Conflict with a tactical victory as each new species is a witness for the prosecution in Satan’s appeal trial, which is coterminous with human history.
a. Israel was in the trial phase of the Angelic Conflict called Old Testament history. The trial phase was the duplication of Satan’s fall in the fall of Adam. The case for the prosecution, God, was Noah, Job, Abraham, Moses, etc. The case for the defense was suffering, persecution, adversity, and violence. Obviously, Satan could not make his point through violence.
b. The Church is in the rebuttal phase of the trial called New Testament history. The rebuttal phase of the trial for the prosecution was the First Advent of Christ, (the great power experiment of the hypostatic union). It has a second component called the great power experiment of the Church Age. The rebuttal of the defense, Satan, is the violence of the Tribulation.
c. The closing argument and summary of the prosecution is the Second Advent of Christ and His millennial reign, demonstrating once again that perfect environment is not the solution to man’s problems. The closing argument and summary of the defense is the Gog revolution at the end of the Millennium, at which time some of the population of the earth will revolt against the perfect environment on the earth.
d. Then history is closed down. Satan’s sentence is confirmed and carried out, and the earth is destroyed and there is the creation of the new heavens, new earth, and New Jerusalem.
Every time a believer is consistent in living daily inside the Pan of God, to learn and use his portfolio of invisible assets, and to take the giant step to spiritual self esteem, followed by the victory step to spiritual maturity, that believer is entered as evidence in Satan’s appeal trial, and he receives the conveyance of his escrow blessings. The combination of which glorifies God forever. The believer of the Church Age has been equipped to the maximum for the potential winning tactical victories over his soul, being evidence for the prosecution, and glorifying God for all of eternity.
5. The Result of the New Spiritual Species is the invisible historical impact of the mature believer in three categories.
a. Personal impact is blessing by association when you receive your escrow blessings for time through execution of God’s Plan for your life.
b. National impact is historical impact in the client nation through the pivot of mature believers which, when large enough, (which could be ~5%), blesses the nation. In this dispensation, as goes the New Spiritual Species, so goes the client nation to God.
c. International impact is blessing to non client nations through quality missionaries sent from the client nation. The pivot in the client nation overflows into better missionary activity.
The Church Age is the greatest opportunity afforded to individual believers in all of human history. We have more going for us than even Adam had in the perfect environment of the garden, or any group of people in history.
6. The Opportunity of the New Spiritual Species.
As a New Spiritual Species, you have a greater spiritual impact than Israel had in the Old Testament. Israel’s historical impact was visible; your historical impact is invisible. Never before has such an opportunity been afforded by God as is now given to each of us believers of the Church Age.
You live in the age of the greatest potential dynamics to ever exist in human history. Having the greatest power and opportunity of all believers in human history to this point, you should never stoop to claim any superiority based on any human standards by which members of the human race are distinguished. Yet, you now have the privilege of becoming a person with a purpose under the greatest plan from God. Your impact cannot only be extensive and invisible in human history, but it also extends into the Angelic Conflict.
As such, we must entirely change our human viewpoint to Divine viewpoint. As a member of the Royal Family of God, with your very own portfolio of invisible assets, plus an absolutely perfect and wonderful plan, it guarantees to keep you on top of life as long as you live. It guarantees to allow for you to have a tremendous impact inside the Angelic Conflict, as it guarantees to give you a happiness you never dreamed existed, and to provide for your blessings beyond description. If you do not have all this right now, it is because you are either negative toward Bible doctrine or ignorant of doctrine, or too preoccupied with the distractions of life. Your ideas and dreams of happiness, greatness, or prosperity are nothing compared to what God provides, which is beyond what you can think or imagine, Eph 3:17-21.
7. Characteristics of the New Man
The believer must “put on the new man,” which means allowing the Holy Spirit to be the controlling force in his life coupled with the intake and application of God’s Word. If he is doing this, it will manifest itself in “righteousness and true holiness.” Under the filling of the Holy Spirit, the daily function of GAP leads to reversion recovery for the reversionistic believer and spiritual growth for every believer. As the believer begins to recover and/or grow spiritually, it is inevitable that he will begin the construction of the Edification Complex of the Soul, (ECS), at which time he now is fulfilling the objective of reaching the super-grace life.
In contrast to the Old Man of vs. 17-19, ignorance of Bible doctrine is now replaced by devotion to Bible doctrine. How do you know when you are on the road to super-grace? You are totally devoted to God and His Word. You love God and you cannot get along without His Word; His Word becomes your life.
As a result of putting on the new man and growing spiritually, due to devotion to God and His Word, the believe will take on several characteristics of the new man, which is also called “the Christ like nature.” The following are Characteristics of the New Man as a result of having God’s Word in his soul.
a. Post-salvation Renewing of Your Mind (Epistemological Rehabilitation). Epistemology is the study of knowledge itself, addressing the question of how man knows what he knows. After salvation the believer must concentrate on a new source of truth, Bible Doctrine, under the teaching ministry of an academically prepared Pastor, theologically orthodox Pastor-Teacher filled with the Spirit. The believer must acquire a new doctrinal frame of reference through learning and metabolizing the Word of God by faith, for “the righteous believer shall live by faith,” Rom 1:17. This renewing encompasses all the Bible Doctrine the believer has learned between salvation and spiritual adulthood, Rom 12:2. This renovation of thought includes everything from understanding spirituality and how to execute the Plan of God, to appreciating one’s Portfolio of Invisible Assets.
b. The Beginning of Contentment. The contentment, or capacity for happiness in one’s present circumstances, of the New Man begins in Spiritual Self-Esteem, grows stronger in Spiritual Autonomy, and reaches a peak in Spiritual Maturity, 2 Cor 12:10; 1 Tim 6:6-8; Heb 13:5. In spiritual adulthood, sharing the happiness of God is the Christian’s greatest and most effective problem-solving device, Phil 4:11.
1 Tim 6:6-8, “But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. 7For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.”
2 Cor 12:10, “Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
c. Mental Stability. A stabilized mentality comes from the consistent and accurate application of Bible Doctrine in adversity and in prosperity, Phil 4:11-13.
d. Composure Marked By Self-Assurance. Self-assurance is characteristic of the New Man who consistently and accurately applies Bible doctrine to life and who has experienced the efficacy of doctrine in his own life, James 1:22-25.
e. Grace Orientation to Life. The New Man appreciates the extension of God’s grace toward him without distorting that grace policy into antinomian license, Rom 6:1. Furthermore, he demonstrates a gracious attitude toward other people without distorting toleration into compromise of integrity, Rom 12:10.
f. Doctrinal Orientation to Reality, (Divine Viewpoint). The New Man orients his thinking to reality by maintaining his humility, by avoiding inordinate ambition and competition, by developing spiritual common sense, spiritual independence, and a sense of humor, Rom 12:3; Eph 4:23.
g. Good Decisions from a Position of Strength. The New Man will make good decision having the power of God residing and functioning with His soul. God’s Power System, (GPS – the filling of the Holy Spirit with the Word of God in the soul), is the position of strength in which good decisions are possible. Based on Divine viewpoint thinking and motivation from personal love for God the New Man will make good decisions in life, Eph 6:10; Phil 2:2; Col 1:11.
Eph 6:10, “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.”
h. The Beginning of Personal Control of One’s Life. The New Man has spiritual independence in his life based on maximum use of his royal priesthood, by which he represents himself before God. His perspective in life is focused on God rather than on people, Col 2:7; Heb 12:2-3.
Col 2:6-7, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7Having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”
Heb 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
i. The Use of Spiritual Self-Esteem, (SSE), as a Problem-Solving Device. The New Man who has gain the first stage of spiritual adulthood, SSE, solves the problem of inadequacy, fear, emotional disturbance, lack of personality identity, and uncertainty concerning his niche in life, 2 Tim 1:7. The New Man views difficulties as opportunities to utilize the doctrine in his soul, 2 Tim 2:3-4.
2 Tim 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, (DEILIA – cowardice, fearful, lack of mental or moral strength), but of power and love and discipline.”
2 Tim 2:3-4, “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.”
j. The Beginning of a Personal Sense of Destiny. Having a Personal Sense of Destiny means, you understand the objectives of the spiritual life for the New Man and you walk in them. As such, your Personal Sense of Destiny eventually becomes so great that it outweighs any problem, disaster, heartache, and tragedy that come your way. No matter what happens, you always remember that you have a destiny inside of God’s Plan. The meaning, purpose, and definition of your life become clear as you resolve your relationships with God, self, and people, Mat 6:26-34; Rom 8:29-32.
Mat 6:26-27, “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27And which of you by worrying can add eighteen inches to his height (an hour to his life)?”
k. Command of Self. When the New Man has command of his feelings, emotions, and thinking, he will fulfill the responsibilities that accompany independence. As such, the New Man exercises self-control, self-restraint, poise, and self-regulation, Prov 19:11; 1 Cor 14:33; 2 Tim 2:10. Having command of yourself facilitates good communication with other people, which is mandatory in all successful relationships.
Prov 19:11, “A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression.”
1 Cor 14:33, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”
l. A New Attitude Toward Life. Personal love for God gives the New Man a dynamic attitude, viewpoint, and perspective on life. His thoughts and priorities change as his focus on Christ motivates him in everything he does, John 15:10-17.
m. Qualification for Providential Preventative Suffering, (PPS). When the New Man reaches SSE it gives the believer the ability to handle suffering for blessing and qualifies him to pass the test of PPS giving him momentum to advance into the next stage of spiritual adulthood, spiritual autonomy, 1 Peter 4:12-16.
n. Attainment of the Unique Life. God has designed a unique life for the New Man in the Church Age, part of which is experienced and part of which is not, Rom 8:10. The non-experiential aspect of the unique life includes the indwelling of all three members of the Trinity. This is the Church Age believer’s permanent status, not his progressive experience. The experiential aspect of the unique life is the glorification of Christ in the body of the New Man, Eph 5:1-2; 1 Cor 6:20.
Rom 8:10, “And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.”
Eph 5:1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”
1 Cor 6:20, “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”
8. Four Deferred Benefits of the New Spiritual Species.
Being a New Spiritual Species, having been made a New Man in Christ, has four deferred benefits for the believer that will be realized when we leave this world and enter into the eternal state. These are all made possible because of the saving work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross, 1 Peter 3:18.
1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.”
a. Release from the Sin Nature. At the end of the New Man’s physical walk here on earth, there will be the release from the lifelong conflict with the Old Man, the Old Sin Nature. The release from the Sin Nature involves a constitutional change; the removal of a force from within which has been an integral part of the believer his entire life, pre and post-salvation. Paul spoke of this lifelong struggle even at the height of his spiritual walk in Gal 5:17.
Gal 5:17, “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.”
The end of this conflict was anticipated by Paul when he wrote at the closing testimony of his life, 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
2 Tim 4:6-8, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
Our release from this lifelong conflict occurs when we vacate this physical body and receive our eternal resurrection body, 1 Cor 15:50-53.
1 Cor 15:50-53, “Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
Therefore, our first deferred benefit of being a New Man in Christ Jesus is the removal of the Old Sin Nature, which is found in our flesh, upon our death or the rapture of the Church, the latter being the time when we receive our final resurrection bodies that are prefect, imperishable, immortal and without sin. As a result, the current daily struggle, battle, and warfare over our souls will be ended because the already defeated internal enemy will be removed once and for all, Eph 2:16.
Eph 2:16, “And might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.”
b. Release from Satan’s Cosmic System. Not only will we be released from the inward temptations from and struggles with the Old Man, but we will also be released from the struggles of the outward temptations of Satan and his cosmic system. Having sustained a lifelong warfare with Satan and his cosmic system, these forces from without, will be withdrawn from our presence forever, never having to battle with their pressures and temptations again, Rev 20:10, 14; cf. 21:4-5, 8.
c. The Actual Occupation of Heavenly Citizenship. In this deferred blessing for the New Man, even though we are currently citizens of heaven, Eph 2:19; Phil 3:20, we will be transferred from this sphere of ambassadorship, from this existence as a stranger and alien, into the eternal dwelling place in glory, which we have held by right and title, though unoccupied, from the moment of salvation through Christ, Rev 21:1-3, 9 – 22:5.
This is part of the New Spiritual Species’ eternal inheritance protected by the omnipotence of God, 1 Peter 1:4-5, “To obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. 5who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Our imaginations cannot portray nor can we speak any words to describe this amazing change with its transfer from earth to heaven, from part knowledge to whole knowledge, from seeing through a mirror dimly to seeing Him face to face, from association with fallen humanity to fellowship with glorified saints and angels, from a death-doomed body to a glorious, eternal body, from earthly dwellings to the mansions He has gone to prepare, and from an existence which is defined as “absent from the Lord,” to that which is characterized by His immediate presence.
John recalled our Lord’s promise in John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” This is fulfilled in Revelation, chapters 21-22.
d. The Possession of a Transformed Body. As noted in the first deferred benefit of being a New Man in Christ, this is the fourth deferred feature of being a New Man in Christ, a new Spiritual Species; to be released at the end of this life from our sinful, perishable, and mortal bodies, to receive and occupy a transformed body that is imperishable, immortal, and undefiled. This will be the finale of that which constitutes the Christian as a new creation.
In respect to the physical or material part of the New Man, a stupendous metamorphosis awaits him. This will occur through one of two possible processes, but the end is the same in either case. He may go by the way of death and resurrection, or he may go by translation at the rapture; yet a standardized reality awaits the New Man. He will have a resurrection body like Christ’s glorious body, Phil 3:20-21; cf. 1 Cor 15:20-23, 35-57.
Phil 3:20-21, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”
In 1 Cor 15:20-23, the resurrection of the New Man’s body is seen in its order as preceded by the resurrection of Christ, being at the end of the Church Age, and followed by the resurrection of Old Testament saints and Tribulational saints who died during the Tribulation, to be resurrected at the end of the Tribulations just prior to the beginning of the Millennial reign, and then all Millennial reign believers being resurrected at the end of the Millennium. These are four companies of resurrections: Alpha company, Jesus Christ; Bravo company, Church Age believers (the New Man); Charlie company, OT and Trib. Saints who died; Delta company, all millennial saints.
Then in 1 Cor 15: 35-57, we are given the essential facts related to the resurrection of the bodies of those that are Christ’s. There we see a great variety of forms and bodies in God’s creation, therefore it should not be strange that God will give the believer a transformed body in resurrection, or in translation.
Concerning the transformation that comes by resurrection, there are four contrasts drawn:
1) That “sown,” which a significant synonym for the word burial, “in a perishable,” (EN PHTHORA, “in corruption”), “is raised imperishable,” (EN APHTHARSIA, “in incorruption”).
2) That “sown in dishonor,” (ATIMIA, “dishonour, disgrace, or shame), “is raised in glory.”
3) That “sown in weakness,” (ASTHENEIA, “weakness, sickness, distress, lack of strength), “is raised in power,” (DUNAMINS, a powerful, mighty body).
4) That “sown as a natural body,” (PSUCHIKOS, “natural, unspiritual, a soulish life without spiritual life), “is raised a spiritual body,” (PNEUMATIKOS), i.e. adapted to the human spirit.
This aspect of truth is concluded with the assuring words in vs. 49, “And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”
Though He did not see corruption, Psa 16: 10; Acts 2:27, 31, Christ’s present body is the pattern of the believer’s resurrection body. Christ’s resurrection was vastly more than a mere reversal of death, as will be the character of the believer’s glorified body. The transformed, resurrected body will be limitless in power, infinite in glory, eternal in endurance, and adapted to the regenerated spirit of the New Man. Such is the particular glory each individual will contribute to the whole New Creation.
All this is assured both by unfailing promise and by incomprehensible rights through identification with the glorified Savior. Being in Christ and therefore possessing all the values of His death and resurrection, the New Man’s body will yet be raised and be changed so that it may be like His glorious body, Phil 3:20-21, just as if the New Man had one actually died in Christ’s death and been actually raised in His resurrection.
In Rom 8:23, the “redemption of our body,” comprehends the metamorphosis which is formed either by becoming incorruptible or immortal. This parallels the resurrection doctrine; for the saints are redeemed in this present estate, and yet their bodies are to be redeemed. This is similar to the fact that though we are now raised in Christ, our bodies are yet to be raised or changed.
Given the fact of reality that God has created the born again believer of the Church Age as a New Creation, a new spiritual species, and making him a New Man speaks volumes to the grace, mercy, and love that God has for you. As a New Creation, you have a new life unto Christ. As a New Man in Christ, you have a new nature that is already incorruptible, imperishable, and undefiled, as you stand positionally before the Lord, holy, blameless, and righteous. When we leave this world through death or the rapture, we will receive a resurrection body just like Christ’s resurrection body that joins physical perfection to our present and eternal spiritual perfection. Even though we have been given these great blessings positionally by God, our verse, Eph 4:24, instructs us to “put on the New Man,” which means we enter into God’s power provisions of His Spirit and Word being resident within our souls, so that we walk in the “newness of life” rather than in our old man, old nature, the Adamic nature, being led by our old sin nature. God desires for the New Man, who was created in righteousness, holiness, and truth, to walk experientially in righteousness, holiness and truth. This is only accomplished when we are filled with God the Holy Spirit, learn Bible doctrine and apply it in our lives consistently. When we do, we fulfill the mandate to “put on the new man,” and we glorify God the maximum.