Vol. 15 No. 43 – November 13, 2016
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.”
Next in vs. 24 we have, “which according to God, has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
“Which” is the Accusative singular of the definite article HO, but the definite article is used as a relative pronoun, “which.”
“According to God,” is the Preposition KATA plus the Accusative of THEOS that means, “according to the standard of God.” In other words, God is the designer, author, and creator of the “New Man” Therefore, the new man is created in the standard of God, which is a perfect and holy standard, as we will note below. BDAG notes of KATA used here, that it is a, “marker of norm of similarity or homogeneity that is, “according to, in accordance with, or in conformity with,” to express equality, similarity, or example.” (A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature.) Therefore, this is a reference to God’s entire essence and anything that represents the essence of God has to be absolutely perfect, which the New Man is, cf. Heb 8:5. As such, God is not only the pattern after which our new nature was created but the author and creator of our new life as well. We further gain this understanding in the last word, “truth,” below.
“Has been created,” is the Aorist, Passive, Participle of KTIZO, κτίζω that means, “create, form, shape, or found.” We noted this word in Eph 2:10, 15; 3:9. It is also used in the parallel verse Col 3:10. It is used in regard to God’s overall creative acts in Mat 19:4; Mark 13:19; Rom 1:25; 1 Cor 11:9; Col 1:16; 1 Tim 4:3; Rev 4:11; 10:6. Here it is used regarding the creation of the New Man, the New Spiritual Species, in the pattern of God’s perfect design.
The Culminative Aorist views the action of the verb in its entirety with emphasis on the existing results, resulting in the creation of something new – the New Man. The Passive voice: the believer received the action of the verb at the moment of salvation, and adorns it through the daily function of GAP. The Participle tells us that God did and does all the work.
Therefore, “putting on the new man,” means functioning and operating in the new spiritual nature that God has created in you, and building it up with the Word of God, which we call the Edification Complex of the Soul, which is adorning the New Man with the beauty and perfection of God’s Word, principles, and precepts and then walking in them.
God’s creative act of making the believer a new man, a new spiritual species, was done with two absolute guiding principles, “righteousness and holiness.”
- The first guiding principles in the creation of the new man was that he is created, “in righteousness,” which is the Preposition EN, “in” and the Dative Noun DIKAIOSUNE, δικαιοσύνη that means, “righteousness, justice, or uprightness.” Righteousness, in general, is God’s uprightness or standard. It involves both a legal standard, and a religious, ethical, or moral perspective. In other words, God was absolutely right and just to create the believer as a new man, a new spiritual species. At the same time, God created the new man ethically and morally perfect, just as God is perfect. It identifies the New Man’s position before God as just and right, meaning his sins have been paid for and God only views him by his perfection. It also indicates the concept that the believer has received the imputation of God’s righteousness at the moment of salvation. Therefore, we stand before God as absolutely righteous. So we translate this, “has been created in Divine righteousness,” which we call +R.
In addition, DIKAIOSUNE, is used as a major virtue in both Greek literature and the Bible. To walk in righteousness you must have God’s Word resident within your soul. You have to have righteousness in your soul by way of doctrine before you can have righteousness in your life by way of practice. This is used of the believer in fellowship and filled with the Holy Spirit, and the building of the ECS. Therefore, walking in experiential righteousness is nobility, and since we are Royal Family, we might as well act like it!
- The second guiding principles in the creation of the new man was that he is created in, “holiness.” The Preposition EN continues to apply to holiness because of the Conjunction KAI for “and.” So, “and in Divine holiness,” is our translation.
“Holiness” here is not the typical Greek word for holiness, HAGIASMOS from the root for holy, HAGIOS. Instead, it is a word that is only used here and in Luke 1:75, the Dative Noun HOSIOTES, ὁσιότης that means, “piety, holiness, or devoutness.” In Luke, it is used as part of the prophesy of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, regarding how God’s people would serve Him, “in holiness and righteousness.” In our verse, it serves two purposes. First, and primarily, it refers to the creative act of God, in that the New Man was created by a Holy God, “by His holiness” and “according to His holy standard.”
Secondly, given the context of the following verses, it speaks of a holy life devoted to God that refrains from the sinful deeds and habits of the former life, the Old Man, that the believer should walk in. Therefore, we were created in Divine righteousness and holiness, so that we could walk in Divine righteousness and holiness.
These are both seen in the last phrase, “of the truth,” which is the Genitive of Possession of HO ALETHEIA. ALETHEIA means, “truth, dependability, freedom from error, and integrity.” In regards to the creative act of God, which is the main principle here, “truth” stands for God’s essence, just as righteousness and holiness do, as He is Veracity or absolute truth, just as His Word is truth.
Deut 32:4, “He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.”
2 Sam 7:28, “And now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant.”
1 Thes 2:13, “For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works also in you that believe.”
As to our walk, we understand that we were created to walk in truth, which also represents Bible Doctrine. When we walk according to God’s Word, we will not walk in the Old Man, we will not commit the sins listed in the following verses, and instead we will walk in the integrity of God. Therefore, having been created a new man by the integrity of God, we are to walk in our new man in the sphere of the integrity of God, the sphere of being filled with the Holy Spirit with Bible Doctrine resident within our soul.
John 3:21, “But he who practices the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as having been performed in God.”
John 4:24, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
1 Tim 3:15, “But in case I am delayed, I write so that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.”
Titus 1:1, “I Paul, a bond-servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness…..”
Therefore, the new man was created by the righteousness, holiness, and truth of God, which make up the integrity of God, so that he would walk in the New Man in righteousness, holiness, and truth, that is, in the sphere of the integrity of God.
Titus 3:5, “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.”
Rom 6:4, “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”
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 believer 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.
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.
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.”
Mental Stability. A stabilized mentality comes from the consistent and accurate application of Bible Doctrine in adversity and in prosperity, Phil 4:11-13.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
The Use of Spiritual Self-Esteem, (SSE), as a Problem-Solving Device. The New Man who has gained 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.”
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)?”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 to the maximum.
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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!