4. Being Renewed Day by Day with the Fresh Supply of the Resurrection Life to Replace Our Culture and to Become the One New Man in Reality by Becoming as New as the New Jerusalem
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Scripture Reading: 2 Cor. 4:16; Eph. 2:15; 4:22-24; Col. 3:10-11
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.
Eph. 2:15      Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace,
Eph. 4:22      That you put off, as regards your former manner of life, the old man, which is being corrupted according to the lusts of the deceit,
Eph. 4:23      And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
Eph. 4:24      And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
Col. 3:10       And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col. 3:11       Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
 
 
I.     Ephesians 4:22 says, “Put off, as regards your former manner of life, the old man”:
Eph. 4:22      That you put off, as regards your former manner of life, the old man, which is being corrupted according to the lusts of the deceit,
A.     The old man refers to our natural life in our soul; the old man is our very being, which was created by God but became fallen through sin—Rom. 6:6:
Rom. 6:6       Knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be annulled, that we should no longer serve sin as slaves;
1. The old man with all that it includes is a damage to the church life; wherever the old man is, there can be no church; this means that what we are, what we have, and what we do make the church life an impossibility.
2. If we continue to live according to the old man, the church life will be seriously damaged, even terminated; if we put off the old man with its former manner of life, we will have a marvelous church life, a church life that will be a miniature of the New Jerusalem; in such a church life it is impossible to have division.
B.     The words manner of life imply a great deal; in every country of the world and among every people there is a characteristic manner of life:
1. The former manner of life includes everything related to us; we must put off whatever we are, whatever we do, and whatever we have; we are to put off our very way of living and our culture; the stronger our culture is, the more critical we will be of others—cf. Eph. 4:31-32; Col. 3:12-14.
Eph. 4:31      Let all bitterness and anger and wrath and clamor and evil speaking be removed from you, with all malice.
Eph. 4:32      And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ also forgave you.
Col. 3:12       Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, inward parts of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, long-suffering;
Col. 3:13       Bearing one another and forgiving one another, if anyone should have a complaint against anyone; even as the Lord forgave you, so also should you forgive.
Col. 3:14       And over all these things put on love, which is the uniting bond of perfectness.
2. If we truly desire to be renewed, we need to put off the former manner of life, which involves our way of living and our culture; in the new man there is no possibility for Greek and Jew, barbarian and Scythian, slave and free man to exist, because the former manner of life found among these peoples has been put away.
3. Whenever we return to the old manner of life, we will spontaneously sense that we are darkened within and estranged from God’s life—Eph. 4:17-19.
Eph. 4:17      This therefore I say and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as the Gentiles also walk in the vanity of their mind,
Eph. 4:18      Being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance which is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;
Eph. 4:19      Who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lasciviousness to work all uncleanness in greediness.
4. In order to have the church life, people from different cultures and countries have to put off the old man embodied in their former manner of life; in the church life there is room only for Christ—Col. 3:10-11.
Col. 3:10       And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col. 3:11       Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
5. How deplorable it is to see so-called churches formed according to nationality; instead of treasuring our heritage, we should disown it; we automatically prefer our old community life, but our way of life must become absolutely new in nature, manner, and practice.
II.   Since the new man in Ephesians 2:15-16 is a corporate man, the new man in 4:24 must also be corporate; according to Ephesians 4:24, we need to put on the very new man that has already been created in Christ:
Eph. 2:15      Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace,
Eph. 2:16      And might reconcile both in one Body to God through the cross, having slain the enmity by it.
Eph. 4:24      And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
A.     In baptism we put off the old man, which was crucified with Christ and buried; it was also in baptism that we put on the new man—vv. 22-24; Rom. 6:6, 4.
Eph. 4:22      That you put off, as regards your former manner of life, the old man, which is being corrupted according to the lusts of the deceit,
Eph. 4:23      And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
Eph. 4:24      And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
Rom. 6:6       Knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be annulled, that we should no longer serve sin as slaves;
Rom. 6:4       We have been buried therefore with Him through baptism into His death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we might walk in newness of life.
B.     The putting off of the old man and the putting on of the new man are accomplished facts; now we must experience and realize these facts by being renewed in the spirit of our mind—Eph. 4:23:
Eph. 4:23      And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
1. To put off the old man is to deny and renounce our old self by applying the cross to the self—v. 22; Matt. 16:24.
Eph. 4:22      That you put off, as regards your former manner of life, the old man, which is being corrupted according to the lusts of the deceit,
Matt. 16:24   Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
2. To put on the new man is to live and magnify Christ through the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:19-21a); this is to apply what Christ has accomplished in creating the new man (Eph. 2:15; 4:24).
Phil. 1:19      For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Phil. 1:20      According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I will be put to shame, but with all boldness, as always, even now Christ will be magnified in my body, whether through life or through death.
Phil. 1:21      For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Eph. 2:15      Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace,
Eph. 4:24      And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
C.     Our spirit mingled with the Spirit of God must become the spirit of our mind (v. 23); then all our living will be by the spirit, and whatever we do will be according to the spirit; as we are renewed by this spirit, we put on the new man.
Eph. 4:23      And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
D.     We need to walk according to the mingled spirit that is spreading into our mind and filling it; in this way the daily walk of the new man will be in the spirit of the mind; this is the secret of the church life—v. 23.
Eph. 4:23      And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
E.      The new man is in our spirit; the way to put on the new man is for our spirit (which is mingled with the Spirit), in which are found God, God’s dwelling place, and the new man, to become the spirit of our mind—2:22; 4:23:
Eph. 2:22      In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.
Eph. 4:23      And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
1. For the spirit to become the spirit of our mind means that the spirit directs, controls, dominates, overrules, and possesses our mind (cf. 1 Cor. 2:15-16; 2 Cor. 2:13; 10:4-5); when the spirit directs our mind, our whole being is under the control of our spirit.
1 Cor. 2:15    But the spiritual man discerns all things, but he himself is discerned by no one.
1 Cor. 2:16    For who has known the mind of the Lord and will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
2 Cor. 2:13    I had no rest in my spirit, for I did not find Titus my brother; but taking leave of them, I went forth into Macedonia.
2 Cor. 10:4    For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly but powerful before God for the overthrowing of strongholds,
2 Cor. 10:5    As we overthrow reasonings and every high thing rising up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought unto the obedience of Christ.
2. How much we put on the new man depends on how much our spirit directs our being (1 Cor. 2:15); when our spirit dominates and directs us, there is no ground for culture, for opinions, or for ordinances; there is no room for our way because our whole being is dominated, controlled, governed, and directed by our spirit.
1 Cor. 2:15    But the spiritual man discerns all things, but he himself is discerned by no one.
3. The more the mingled spirit penetrates, saturates, and possesses our mind, the more we let Christ’s mind become our mind—Phil. 2:5; 1 Cor. 2:16; Rom. 12:2.
Phil. 2:5        Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,
1 Cor. 2:16    For who has known the mind of the Lord and will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Rom. 12:2     And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
F.      When we believed in the Lord Jesus, the life-giving Spirit came into our spirit, bringing with Him the new man as a finished product; now the new man must saturate and spread into every part of our being; this spreading is both the putting on of the new man and the renewing.
G.     We should not live according to the vanity of the mind but according to the spirit of the mind; this is the key to the daily living of the corporate one new man, the secret to having a church life filled with the character of God, the aroma of Christ, and the oneness of the Spirit—Eph. 4:3-4, 17-18, 23-24.
Eph. 4:3        Being diligent to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace:
Eph. 4:4        One Body and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
Eph. 4:17      This therefore I say and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as the Gentiles also walk in the vanity of their mind,
Eph. 4:18      Being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance which is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;
Eph. 4:23      And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
Eph. 4:24      And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
H.     By our loving the Lord and by the exercise of our spirit in prayer and in reading the Word day by day, our mind is filled with the mingled spirit; this changes and renews our mind; for us to be renewed in our mind is to get rid of all the old concepts concerning the things of the human life and be made new again by the teaching of the Holy Scriptures and the enlightening of the Holy Spirit—Psa. 119:105, 130; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Deut. 17:18-20.
Psa. 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet / And a light to my path.
Psa. 119:130 The opening of Your words gives light, / Imparting understanding to the simple.
2 Tim. 3:15   And that from a babe you have known the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2 Tim. 3:16   All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
2 Tim. 3:17   That the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.
Deut. 17:18   And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write out for himself a copy of this law in a book, out of that which is before the Levitical priests.
Deut. 17:19   And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, in order that he may learn to fear Jehovah his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes and doing them,
Deut. 17:20   So that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers and he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right or to the left; that he and his sons may extend their days over their kingdom in the midst of Israel.
I.       The only possibility of God’s purpose being fulfilled in this age, to have the one new man in reality, is if we would all be willing to be renewed in the spirit of our mind.
III.  The central point of Paul’s word to the Colossians concerns the renewing of the mind unto the full knowledge of Christ, who is the image of God; the new man was created in our spirit and is being renewed in our mind unto full knowledge according to the image of Christ—Eph. 2:15; Col. 3:10-11:
Eph. 2:15      Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace,
Col. 3:10       And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col. 3:11       Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
A.     Because the new man was created with us who belong to the old creation, he needs to be renewed; this renewing takes place mainly in our mind, as indicated by the phrase unto full knowledge—v. 10.
Col. 3:10       And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
B.     The creation of the new man according to God has already been completed, but in our experience the new man is being renewed unto full knowledge little by little; the more we put on the new man, the more we are renewed according to what God is, and the more we bear His image, the expression of what He is—v. 10.
Col. 3:10       And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
C.     To be renewed is to have God’s element added into our being to replace and discharge our old element—Rev. 21:5a; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 4:16:
Rev. 21:5      And He who sits on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said, Write, for these words are faithful and true.
2 Cor. 5:17    So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, they have become new.
Rom. 12:2     And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
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.
1. Our natural and national mentality was educated and built up according to our racial and cultural background; this is the greatest hindrance to the practical existence of the new man.
2. In order for the one new man to come into full existence, we must experience a thorough renewal of our mind, which has been built up according to our nationality and culture.
D.     Newness is God; therefore, to become new is to become God in life and in nature but not in the Godhead:
1. God is forever new, and He infuses His ever-new essence into our being to renew our entire being—Rom. 12:2; Col. 3:10.
Rom. 12:2     And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
Col. 3:10       And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
2. The Spirit of God renews us by infusing our inward parts with God’s attributes, which are forever new, can never become old, and are everlasting and unchanging—Rev. 21:5a.
Rev. 21:5      And He who sits on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said, Write, for these words are faithful and true.
3. The renewing Spirit imparts the divine essence of the new man into our being to make us a new creation, the new man—Titus 3:5; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15.
Titus 3:5        Not out of works in righteousness which we did but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit,
2 Cor. 5:17    So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, they have become new.
Gal. 6:15       For neither is circumcision anything nor uncircumcision, but a new creation is what matters.
IV.  We need to be those who are being renewed day by day with the fresh supply of the resurrection life to replace our culture and to become the one new man in reality by becoming as new as the New Jerusalem—2 Cor. 4:16:
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.
A.     Putting on the new man does not take place once for all; on the contrary, it is a lifelong matter, a gradual process that goes on throughout our Christian life.
B.     We, the regenerated believers, as parts of the new man, should walk in the newness of the divine life in resurrection and serve in newness of spirit—Rom. 6:4; 7:6.
Rom. 6:4       We have been buried therefore with Him through baptism into His death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we might walk in newness of life.
Rom. 7:6       But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that in which we were held, so that we serve in newness of spirit and not in oldness of letter.
C.     The believers should be renewed to be as new as the New Jerusalem since they all are becoming the New Jerusalem by walking in newness of life (6:4) and building the New Jerusalem by serving in newness of spirit (7:6).
Rom. 6:4       We have been buried therefore with Him through baptism into His death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we might walk in newness of life.
Rom. 7:6       But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that in which we were held, so that we serve in newness of spirit and not in oldness of letter.
D.     Our being renewed in the spirit of our mind is for our daily transformation into the image of Christ through the consuming of our outer man by the suffering in our environment for the renewing of our inner man—2 Cor. 4:16:
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.
1. While we are in the midst of suffering, we need to receive the renewing; otherwise, the suffering we pass through means nothing to us; within us there is a refuge—our spirit—Psa. 91:1; 27:5; 31:20; Isa. 32:2; 2 Tim. 4:22; Gal. 6:17-18.
Psa. 91:1       He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High / Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psa. 27:5       For He will conceal me in His shelter / In the day of trouble; / He will hide me in the hiding place of His tent; / He will raise me up upon a rock.
Psa. 31:20     You hide them in the hiding place of Your presence / Apart from the conspiracies of men; / You lay them away secretly in a shelter / Apart from the contention of tongues.
Isa. 32:2        And a man will be like a refuge from the wind / And a covering from the tempest, / Like streams of water in a dry place, / Like the shadow of a massive rock in a wasted land.
2 Tim. 4:22   The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
Gal. 6:17       Henceforth let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the brands of Jesus.
Gal. 6:18       The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
2. God arranges our environment so that little by little and day by day our outer man will be consumed and our inner man will be renewed by the fresh supply of the pneumatic Christ as the resurrection life—2 Cor. 4:16.
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.
E.      In order to be renewed day by day, we need to be revived every morning—Matt. 13:43; Luke 1:78-79; Prov. 4:18; Judg. 5:31; 2 Cor. 4:16.
Matt. 13:43   Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Luke 1:78     Because of the merciful compassions of our God, in which the rising sun will visit us from on high,
Luke 1:79     To shine upon those sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Prov. 4:18     But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, / Which shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
Judg. 5:31     May all Your enemies so perish, O Jehovah. / But may those who love Him be like the sun / When it rises in its might. And the land had rest forty years.
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.
F.      We are renewed day by day through four items: the cross (vv. 10-12, 16-18); the Holy Spirit by which we are reconditioned, remade, and remodeled with the divine life (Titus 3:5); our mingled spirit (Eph. 4:23); and the holy word of God (5:26).
2 Cor. 4:10    Always bearing about in the body the putting to death of Jesus that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
2 Cor. 4:11    For we who are alive are always being delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
2 Cor. 4:12    So then death operates in us, but life in you.
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.
2 Cor. 4:17    For our momentary lightness of affliction works out for us, more and more surpassingly, an eternal weight of glory,
2 Cor. 4:18    Because we do not regard the things which are seen but the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Titus 3:5        Not out of works in righteousness which we did but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit,
Eph. 4:23      And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
Eph. 5:26      That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,
G.     We need to come to the Lord’s table in newness (Matt. 26:29); the Lord never takes an old table; we need to be renewed by learning to say, “I’m sorry; forgive me.”
Matt. 26:29   But I say to you, I shall by no means drink of this product of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in the kingdom of My Father.
V.   The renewing of the new man depends on our seeking the things which are above—Col. 3:1-2; Eph. 2:5-6:
Col. 3:1         If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Col. 3:2         Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth.
Eph. 2:5        Even when we were dead in offenses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)
Eph. 2:6        And raised us up together with Him and seated us together with Him in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,
A.     To seek the things which are above is to respond to and reflect Christ’s activities in His heavenly ministry—Heb. 2:17; 4:14; 7:26; 8:1-2; Rev. 5:6; Col. 3:1-2:
Heb. 2:17      Hence He should have been made like His brothers in all things that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in the things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Heb. 4:14      Having therefore a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast the confession.
Heb. 7:26      For such a High Priest was also fitting to us, holy, guileless, undefiled, separated from sinners and having become higher than the heavens,
Heb. 8:1        Now in the things which are being said the chief point is this: We have such a High Priest, who sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
Heb. 8:2        A Minister of the holy places, even of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.
Rev. 5:6        And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Col. 3:1         If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Col. 3:2         Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth.
1. There is a transmission taking place from Christ in heaven to us on earth by means of the all-inclusive Spirit in our spirit—Eph. 1:19, 22-23; 2:22:
Eph. 1:19      And what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the operation of the might of His strength,
Eph. 1:22      And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,
Eph. 1:23      Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.
Eph. 2:22      In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.
a. Our spirit is the receiving end of the divine transmission, whereas the throne of God in heaven is the transmitting end—Rev. 5:6.
Rev. 5:6        And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
b. By turning to our spirit, we are lifted into heaven; because of the transmission from the throne of God in heaven into our spirit, when we experience and enjoy Christ here on earth, we are simultaneously in heaven—4:1-2.
Rev. 4:1        After these things I saw, and behold, a door opened in heaven, and the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, Come up here, and I will show you the things that must take place after these things.
Rev. 4:2        Immediately I was in spirit; and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and upon the throne there was One sitting;
2. In His heavenly ministry Christ is shepherding people, and we need to cooperate with Him by shepherding people; if this fellowship is received by us, there will be a big revival on the earth to bring the Lord back—1 Pet. 5:1-4; cf. Matt. 9:36; 10:1-6; John 21:15-17; 1 Pet. 2:25; Heb. 13:20.
1 Pet. 5:1       Therefore the elders among you I exhort, who am a fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, who am also a partaker of the glory to be revealed:
1 Pet. 5:2       Shepherd the flock of God among you, overseeing not under compulsion but willingly, according to God; not by seeking gain through base means but eagerly;
1 Pet. 5:3       Nor as lording it over your allotments but by becoming patterns of the flock.
1 Pet. 5:4       And when the Chief Shepherd is manifested, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Matt. 9:36     And seeing the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and cast away like sheep not having a shepherd.
Matt. 10:1     And He called His twelve disciples to Him and gave them authority over unclean spirits, so that they would cast them out and heal every disease and every sickness.
Matt. 10:2     And the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
Matt. 10:3     Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
Matt. 10:4     Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.
Matt. 10:5     These twelve Jesus sent forth, charging them, saying, Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter into any city of the Samaritans.
Matt. 10:6     But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
John 21:15    Then when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My lambs.
John 21:16    He said to him again a second time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Shepherd My sheep.
John 21:17    He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? Peter was grieved that He said to him the third time, Do you love Me? And he said to Him, Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You. Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep.
1 Pet. 2:25     For you were like sheep being led astray, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Heb. 13:20    Now the God of peace, He who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, in the blood of an eternal covenant,
B.     If we turn to the heavenly Christ with all His activities and set our mind on these things, the renewing of the new man will take place spontaneously—8:1-2; 12:2; Col. 3:2.
Heb. 8:1        Now in the things which are being said the chief point is this: We have such a High Priest, who sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
Heb. 8:2        A Minister of the holy places, even of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.
Heb. 12:2      Looking away unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down on the right hand of the throne of God.
Col. 3:2         Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth.
C.     This consummates God’s intention in making the believers the new man as the new creation to consummate in the New Jerusalem; the new man as the masterpiece of God’s work is an absolutely new item in the universe, a new invention of God—vv. 10-11; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15-17; Eph. 2:10, 15.
Col. 3:10       And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col. 3:11       Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
2 Cor. 5:17    So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, they have become new.
Gal. 6:15       For neither is circumcision anything nor uncircumcision, but a new creation is what matters.
Gal. 6:16       And as many as walk by this rule, peace be upon them and mercy, even upon the Israel of God.
Gal. 6:17       Henceforth let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the brands of Jesus.
Eph. 2:10      For we are His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand in order that we would walk in them.
Eph. 2:15      Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace,
D.     God’s goal is to have the one new man that ultimately will consummate in the New Jerusalem, which will be the final consummation of the one new man.
 
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