Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The will of God that most believers resist. Knowing no man after the flesh. Part 5.
Friday, October 16, 2009
2CO 5:14-21 is a passage that describes for us the means and the results of recognizing or knowing no one according to the flesh which is manifested by an entirely new and different attitude toward God, toward ourselves and towards others.
As this understanding and perception develops, we learn to live in our brand new nature, no longer looking at the members of the human race, including ourselves, the way we use to.
ROM 14:22, The faith or doctrinal conviction which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
We learn to cultivate and enrich our own relationship with God, while at the same time, not imposing our own personal convictions upon others.
If the way you live is not consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong, in JAM 1:8 being a double-minded man, you are unstable in all your ways.
The love of Christ has to do, first of all, with TLJC loving you from His deity as well as His humanity.
1CO 2:16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
As God, He has the power to love you and He has the consistency to love you.
HEB 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.
of Christ is in the genitive case, the genitive case of Christos, and it means the love that belongs to Jesus Christ.
GAL 1:4 He gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
But He gave Himself not just for us but in 1TI 2:6 He gave Himself as a ransom for all,
The love of Christ is the manifestation of grace in the human soul of Jesus Christ, grace based on doctrine.
However, the love of Christ is something that can be duplicated in us even though we possess and old sin nature.
The Greek word is sunecho [sun means with; echo means to have with], here it means to have with something, namely divine viewpoint principles in the mental attitude.
So this word, sunecho, comes to mean to be motivated mentally.
In the mentality of the soul there must be the same grace that you have toward yourself, toward others.
No grace toward yourself means no grace toward others.
No grace toward others means you don’t have grace toward yourself.
It is the doctrine of unlimited atonement: that one died for all,
The one who loved us revealed His love toward us when He gave Himself for us.
Verse 15 reveals the next installment of grace in the soul, we are not going to live for ourselves, which is subjectivity, but we are going to live for others, which is objectivity.
that they who live should no longer live for themselves, - “themselves” is the personal pronoun heautois a dative of disadvantage meaning that it is a disadvantage for you when you live for yourself.
How do you live unto yourself?
Verse 17 reveals the confidence we should all have from understanding, believing and applying positional truth and how to orient our lives to the grace of God.
The implications of being a new man often are associated with some experiential change.
Many believers, when they first accept Jesus Christ as Savior, are the recipients of some legalistic bullying of one type or another.
So they are either led or inspired or bullied or coerced or shamed or pressurized into giving up something.
No one ever really gives up something in the energy of the flesh, in the strength of the old sin nature without wanting to gloat about it at some time, some place, somewhere.
It is fixed in the mind erroneously that we are new creatures because we have changed our lives, we have changed our behavior pattern, we have changed our modus operandi.
A passage that causes a great deal of trouble because we associate it with what we are doing for God instead of associating it with what God is doing for us.
Therefore - the Greek word, hooste actually brings us to our first conclusion in the passage. It is better translated
So that, but it draws a conclusion.
If [1st class condition], if and it is true;
The conjunction ei and the pronoun tis, ei’tis means any man or literally anyone, any believer priest.
“in Christ” - there’s no verb, just the preposition en plus the locative case of Christos means that the new creature is
In Christ is referring to positional truth and the only sense in this passage in which we are new creatures is because of our union with Christ.
The word new is an adjective, kainos and it is a word for a new species. It means new but it means new in species.
There is a brand new species that has only existed since the ascension and session or since Jesus Christ was glorified.
In the Old Testament, there were millions of people who were saved and they were saved by believing in Christ as Christ was revealed to them.
They were not kainos.
Why? Never before in history had anyone been put into union with Christ. Never before the day of Pentecost in 30 AD had the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurred.
There is a difference between Old Testament saints and New Testament saints and that difference is that Christ had not been glorified and Christ therefore was the target of Satan in the angelic conflict.
Now that Christ is glorified at the right hand of the Father the target is the believer.
REV 12:10, for Satan is the accuser of our brethren who accuses them before our God day and night.
Since TLJC is seated at the right hand of God the Father,
and since operation footstool is now a reality;
and since the body is being formed,
since Christ is a new species,
and since the next people to get a resurrection body are believers in the Church Age only,
for the first time in history we have something that was never true before or after.
We are a part of the body of Christ, an so we have the phrase
in Christ Jesus, we are a new species.