Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Recognizing no man after the flesh; The old things have passed away.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
If Christ died for us, and if we desire to live for Him, then our view of others has to change.
No longer do we see people through the world’s eyes, but since Christ now lives within us, we see others through the eyes of Christ.
Today, it’s Hosanna, tomorrow, it’s crucify Him!
2CO 5:16, Therefore from now on: We are recognize no one according to the flesh; means that some people are very difficult to love, and even more impossible to like.
By the standards of this world, we often have categories for the people we encounter.
Thankfully, we are told that God has a forgiving and forgetting heart, not remembering our sins and failures.
Why has God allowed us to remember the sins He has forgotten?
Circumstances of life sometimes try to cloud our view so that we won’t recognize the awesomeness of being a new creation.
Your sin no longer condemns you, because TLJC bore the penalty upon the Cross.
Your eternity is no longer in question, because your name is written with permanent ink in the Lambs Book of Life,
REV 13:8; 20:15.
You are no longer left to face life on your own, because Christ has came to live His life through you, GAL 2:20.
Do you look at life from Heaven’s perspective, because, in position, your citizenship is not of this world, PHI 3:20.
PHI 3:20, For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
Many times it will not be, but we can still live in victory, because from Heaven’s perspective, everything is going to work out just as God planned, ROM 8:28-30.
The word for “old things”
nominative plural subject archaios
means the antiques or the original lifestyle.
MAT 5:21,33, “You have heard that the ancients were told,”
used for one of the prophets of old.
ACT 15:7 used for the early days;
ACT 15:21 used for ancient generations;
2PE 2:5, the ancient world;
REV 12:9; REV 20:2, used for the serpent of old;
It refers to what happened at the moment that the woman sinned and what happened at the moment that Adam sinned. -
They entered into a condition called spiritual death.
Once they were spiritually dead they had lost their human spirit and had picked up an old sin nature. The old sin nature isn’t passed away, but the old sin nature means spiritual death and you are born with an old sin nature and born with spiritual death.
Spiritual death is a principle of no relationship with God and the old things, the archaic things, refers to spiritual death which means no relationship with God.
GEN 2:17, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die or dying spiritually, you shall eventually die physically.
ROM 5:12, Therefore, just as through one man [Adam] sin entered into the world [sin in the singular, the OSN], and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all the human race] sinned--[when Adam sinned].
When we were born [in Adam], we are spiritually dead, but in Christ "shall all be made alive," He has eternal life, we share His eternal life.
The old things are passed away means that the old things have lost their power. Paul is saying think of it this way: the sin nature can do nothing for you.
The N.E.B. says the old order has gone and a new order has already begun