The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 4:23-24 ~ The New Man; The Characteristics of the New Spiritual Species

Vol. 15 No. 42 – November 6, 2016

 2-cor-5-vs-17-therefore-if-anyone-is-in-christ-he-is-a-new-creation-the-old-has-passed-away-the-new-has-comeVs. 23, We are to be renewed in the left lobe of the soul, (to counter the Blackout of the Soul).

Eph 4:23, “And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”

Now we come to the positive aspect of the process. Because the Christian life is not a void, MATAIOTES, believers need to “be renewed.” This verse tells us that the Christian way of life does not come naturally upon your salvation or by osmosis. It is something that must be learned and then applied, which takes time.

As noted in vs. 22, the believer is no longer to walk “after the flesh,” i.e., controlled by the OSN. Instead, he is to walk “after the Spirit,” Rom 8:4. By the Spirit, the “inner man” is renewed, Eph 4:23; Rom 12:2; 1 Cor 2:11-16. The one living in or by the Spirit does not fulfill the desires of the flesh, Gal 5:16. A new drive and purpose replaces the desires of the sinful nature; this enables a Christian to “put to death” any EPITHUMIA “lust” in their life, Col 3:5, and progress toward holiness.

Col 3:5, “Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.”

As we learn God’s Word, we learn how to overcome our OSN, and we learn that Divine judgment solves the problems of the OSN.

Phase One, (the day of our conversion for salvation), judgment, Christ was judged for the sins of the world on the Cross, taking our place, bearing our sins, and being judged by God the Father, 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24.

Phase Two, (our Christian life here on earth), judgment, is the believer’s sins judged by the Rebound Technique, 1 Cor 11:31; 1 John 1:9. This is why 1 John 1:7 is so important. The principle is that in Phase Two the believer’s sins are judged by the Rebound Technique as he judges his own sins.

Phase Three, (being in heaven), judgment, solves the problem of the OSN, the believer’s human good is judged at the judgment seat of Christ, 1 Cor 3:12-16. The unbeliever’s human good is judged at the Great White Throne, Rev 20:12-15.

So here we have the second purpose of the spiritual life, to be “renewed,” which is the verb ANANEOO, ἀνανεόω in the Present, Passive, Infinitive that means, “renew, be renewed, to renew oneself, or refresh.” It comes from the root NEOS that means, “new or fresh” and the prefix ANA meaning “again.” So literally it is “new again or fresh again.” It means to take in the Word of God consistently and get the garbage of Satan’s cosmic system out of your thinking, out of the heart of your soul. It means to refresh your thinking in terms of God’s word.

2 Cor 4:16, “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.”

Col 3:9-10, “Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him…”

In 2 Cor 4:16; Col 3:10, “renewed” is ANAKAINOO, ἀνακαινόω that means, “renew, amend, or change.” It comes from the root term KAINOS that emphasizes, “new in nature or essence, which is superior to the old.” We will see KAINOS in vs. 24.

ANANEOO is in the iterative Present Tense that means you do it repeatedly, over and over again in continuous process. When you renew over and over again, you are actually restoring or refreshing.

Lam 3:22-23; The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. 23They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.”

It is Passive because God accomplishes the work only as believers yield to the Holy Spirit. The repentant believer receives the action of being renewed. The Infinitive is for purpose. It is God’s purpose for you to get the garbage of Satan’s cosmic system out of your soul and get His Word, Bible doctrine into your soul so that you have Divine viewpoint rather than cosmic viewpoint in life.

This renewing or restoring is in the quality of your thinking, the left lobe of your soul, as noted in the phrase “in the spirit of the mind,” PNEUMA HO NOUS. To renew the left lobe of our soul it means that our volition is involved and therefore, we must be positive towards the intake of Bible doctrine. When we are, our thinking will be renewed.

This continues the discussion on the counter attack to the Blackout of the Soul, through Rebound, 1 John 1:9, and now we see the necessity for the consistent inculcation of Bible doctrine. Consistency is the concept, the consistent function of GAP is necessary for reversion recovery, as well as, for achieving the tactical objective of the Supergrace life.

When we renew or restore the left lobe of our soul through Rebound and the inculcation of Bible Doctrine, it renews and restores the quality for your right lobe, which cleans out any Scar Tissue built up on your soul. Therefore, you are renewing the essence or make up of the left lobe that leads to the renewing or restoring of the essence or make up of the right lobe, heart of your soul.

Vs. 24, We are to put on the new self, by living in the new Christ like nature of righteousness and holiness as taught in His Word, (i.e., truth).

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.”

Having seen the necessity for the Rebound technique in vs. 22, (“lay aside the old man”), the consistent application of GAP in vs. 23, (“be renewed in the spirit of your mind”), we now have the necessity for building the Edification Complex of the Soul, ECS, as noted in the phrase, “put on the new man.

And put on” is the Coordinating Conjunction KAI, to include this third Infinitive of Purpose clause to the previous two, identifying the advance to the Supergrace life. Next, we have the Aorist, Middle, Infinitive of ENDUO, ἐνδύω that means, “dress, clothe oneself, or put on.” The Constative Aorist views the entirety of the action of taking in Bible Doctrine, building the Edification Complex of your Soul and operating in the Supergrace life that is possible because you have been made a new creation in Christ. The Infinitive is also Imperatival, meaning this is a command. The Middle Voice says that the believer performs the action of putting on the new man, where he benefits from the action. When you experience your new spiritual life, you benefit by it.

The NT also uses ENDUO figuratively to depict the putting on of immortality, 1 Cor 15:53, and being clothed with Christ, Gal 3:27, and in Eph 6:14, we will see Paul encouraging the believer to prepare for spiritual warfare by putting on the breastplate of righteousness and girding their loins with truth, Bible Doctrine. These are part of the armor of God needed to resist evil, and all three are a part of putting on the new man.

The new man” is the Adjective KAINOS, καινός for, “new” which denotes that which is new in nature or essence, which is superior to the old. Then we have ANTHROPOS, ἄνθρωπος that means, “man,” rather than self. This is in comparison to the “old man” in vs. 23 that spoke of our sinful nature called the Old Sin Nature or the Adamic Nature. As a born-again believer, we have a new nature or new man, which is a spiritual nature that the unbeliever does not possess. Being a “new man” is what we call being a “New Spiritual Species.” Cf. 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15; Eph 2:10; 2:15.

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.”

At the moment of our salvation, we were born again, which means we were born spiritually and given a new spiritual nature called the “human spirit.” Having been given this new nature, we became a New Spiritual Species with capability of receiving power to be victorious in the spiritual life, along with tremendous assets and benefits. 2 Cor 5:17 and Gal 6:15 both speak of being created a New Spiritual Species, which is our position in Christ that can never be taken away. In our passage, Eph 4:24, to “put on the new man” or “put on the New Spiritual Species,” does not mean we earn or gain this new nature over time, rather it means to utilize the new nature we have been given. You cannot earn the new nature; it is given to you at salvation. But, you can put on, wear, or clothe yourself with the new nature, which is something that you actively perform.

In the phrase “put on the new man,” it assumes you already own the new man, just like you already own the clothes in your closet. To “put on” means you have to actively dress yourself with it, just like you have to dress yourself with the clothes in your closet if you are going to utilize them. So, our phrase means we have to actively dress up with the New Spiritual Species that we have already been made. We have to adorn it. To do so, we need to actively take in God’s Word that builds the ECS.

Col 3:10, “And have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him.”

Even though we have a new nature and have been created as a New Spiritual Species, the believer still has the Old Sin Nature, but it cannot function or control his life apart from his own consent and negative volition. The Old Sin Nature has not passed away, but it has lost its power because a new power is in you, and only by the use of Divine omnipotence in your New Man, found in God’s Word and the filling of the Holy Spirit, can we overcome the Old Man.

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.”

Characteristics of the New Spiritual Species.

  • The New Spiritual Species is created by the Baptism of the Spirit at salvation. This positional sanctification constitutes the equal privilege of predestination.
  • The New Spiritual Species is forever protected from liability at the last judgment; you cannot lose your salvation, Rom 8:1.
  • The New Spiritual Species possesses eternal life, 1 John 5:11-12.
  • The New Spiritual Species possesses a double Divine righteousness:
  1. The imputed perfect righteousness of God the Father, Rom 3:22.
  2. The perfect righteousness we share with Jesus Christ through positional sanctification, 1 Cor 1:30.

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.”

  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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, (GAP), 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.”

  • 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.
  • Being a New Spiritual Species is not related to any form of human works or human merit.
  • 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.”

  • OT believers were justified after the pattern of Abraham, Gen 15:6; Rom 4:3; Gal 3:6; James 2:23.

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.

  1. The New Spiritual Species is unique to the Church Age, never existed in any previous dispensation, nor will it exist in any future dispensation.

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, (all called Gentiles). 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; 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.

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. So too is this power made available to every believer so that they can overcome their Old Nature: the Old Man, the Old Sin Nature.

The Church Age was created for the calling out of a Royal Family for our Lord’s new third royal warrant given at His session; King of kings and Lord of lords. We are here to complement our Lord’s strategic victory with tactical victories. 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.

We 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, we can sink back into the morass of our preoccupation with self, our prejudices, our erroneous standards and priorities, our 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.

Rom 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.

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 a system far, far greater than any miracle ever performed.

Should you reach spiritual adulthood, 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.

As noted above, 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; Spiritual Self-Esteem, Spiritual Autonomy, and Spiritual Maturity. 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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Plan 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 of winning tactical victories over his soul, being evidence for the prosecution, and glorifying God for all of eternity.

The Result of the New Spiritual Species is the invisible historical impact of the mature believer in three categories.

  • Personal impact is blessing by association when you receive your escrow blessings for time through execution of God’s Plan for your life.
  • 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.
  • 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 Opportunity of the New Spiritual Species.

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. 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.

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If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson:
#’s 16-123 & 16-124 & 16-125

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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you.  He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins.  He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life.

To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!

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