The New Man Within

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When we believe in the inherent truth of God’s healing Word, the Word itself will begin making known to our minds the spiritual realities of having Christ within. The Christ from within our hearts will then make known to our minds the Creator, our Father – God. When we begin to understand God as our Father – He makes known to us the spiritual completeness of the new man (since we have the mind of Christ) that was created in us. Additionally, God begins revealing to us the spiritual reality of the one body of Christ, of which body Christ is the head, and we are all members in that one body, and this body of Christ grows in the love of God.

Ephesians 4:15-16:
-15:  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ {for Christ is the head of the body – Ephesians 1:22-23}.
-16:  From whom {Christ} the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part {that is us}, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

As we learn the Scriptures and begin seeing and believing what the Word teaches, we will begin supplying (or giving) to the body of Christ and further be edifying (building up) the body in love. Changing our minds to harmonize with the Scriptures is how we bring the Word of God into reality. It is how the Christian Church of believers today bring the living Word out of the dark ages. God’s Word can give men and women a true spiritual revival that grows within the heart and supplies the mind with impressions of tangible truths of and in God’s Word. This is what gives men and women a true godly renaissance, and fuels a rediscovery of eternal light and love.

Ephesians 4:22-24:
-22:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation {lifestyle, behavior} the old man {biblically means ourselves before salvation}, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts {which is latent within everybody}.
-22:  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
-24:  And that ye put on the new man {i.e., the Christ in you}, which after God is {was} created in righteousness and true holiness.

One of the most wonderful things about the Church Epistles is that the Word of God never demands that we change our minds with nothing to replace old thoughts. Rather His Word always shows us how to replace old thoughts and emotions with new thoughts and emotions by putting on the mind of Christ. The “thou shalt nots” and “thou shalts” that are often propounded today only scare people away from the truth because God’s Word is always teaching us to have, rather than have not. In Ephesians above, the Word is specifically dealing with the renewed mind, telling us what we have in Christ, which is “the new man which is after God,” and is created in us and revealed to us throughout the Epistles.

Colossians 3:10 – And {you and I} have put on the new man, which is {being} renewed in knowledge after the image of him {God} that created him {“him” is our created spirit}:

God created within us the means to walk in a newness of life, a life that is being renewed in the knowledge of God. To walk in the new man is not a command but a request from a loving Father to His beloved children. It is an invitation to have a meaningful relationship with Him Who created life, for His Word shows us how to enjoy life by bringing the Christ within us – out to the forefront of our lives.

He That Believeth on Me

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 14:9 – Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

In a past Bible Byte, we looked at this verse, but now we go to the heart of the question. Philip and the rest of the Apostles wanted more proof that God was real, and Jesus in explaining the question more fully says “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” Jesus was God’s Ambassador, God’s Son acting on God’s behalf, so that Christ was the epitome of God’s love in practical living, for he was the incarnate Word (John 1:14a). Jesus had the power of attorney to act in his Father’s stead, and the works that Christ had done were literally done by the power of God in him.

John 14:10-11:
-10: Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
-11: Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

In verses 10 and 11 we have Jesus explaining to his disciples that believing was the very key to recognizing and experiencing God (the Father). He further explains that if his words were not enough for them to believe, then they would be able to believe because of the very sake of the works that Jesus Christ had done, for they were the very proof of God Himself.

John 14:12 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do {of which God Himself energized} shall he {you} do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

This verse is almost unbelievable, yet Jesus says that it is so, and when we believe it, it will be so. Many have speculated about what these “greater works” really are, some believe it is the receiving of the holy spirit, but others think that the “greater works” are speaking in tongues, and others think being born again are the “greater works.” However, “greater works” is all of this and more, much more! It is receiving with God’s divine grace everything that Christ made available by his life, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. Today, we can be receiving and living the more abundant life, and it is so much greater because it is currently ours.

The “greater works” is the life that Jesus made available and gave to us in grace. It is spiritual freedom to personally as well as passionately walk with God as our Father, and with Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is your believing to receive the greatness of all the good works the Church Epistles (Romans through II Thessalonians), reveals to you in divine grace.  When you receive the Word of God and believe it, you will absolutely begin walking in the fullness of all Christ made available to you, and you will be living in and enjoying those greater works!