THE NEW MAN
Put on the new man which after God has been created in righteousness and true holiness
“The new things that the Gospel brings for present obedience and realization are:
a new covenant, Mat 26:28 in some texts;
a new commandment, Jhn 13:34; a new creative act, Gal 6:15;
a new creation, 2Cr 5:17;
a new man, i.e., a new character of manhood, spiritual and moral, after the pattern of Christ, Eph 4:24;
a new man, i.e., ‘the Church which is His (Christ’s) body,’ Eph 2:15.
Outline of Biblical Usage
1. as respects form
1. recently made, fresh, recent, unused, unworn
2. as respects substance
1. of a new kind, unprecedented, novel, uncommon, unheard of
Man Gk. anthropos
• in the phrase “the inward man,” the regenerate person’s spiritual nature personified, the inner self of the believer, Rom 7:22, as approving of the law of God;
• in Eph 3:16, as the sphere of the renewing power of the Holy Spirit;
• in 2Cr 4:16 (where anthropos is not repeated), in contrast to “the outward man,” the physical frame, the “man” as congnizable by the senses;
• the “inward” man is identical with “the hidden man of the heart,” 1Pe 3:4.
In the expressions “the old man,” “the new man,” which are confined to Paul’s Epistles, the former standing for the unregenerate nature personified as the former self of a believer, which, having been crucified with Christ, Rom 6:6, is to be apprehended practically as such, and to be “put off,” Eph 4:22; Col 3:9, being the source and seat of sin; the latter, “the new man,” standing for the new nature personified as the believer’s regenerate self, a nature “created in righteousness and holiness of truth,” Eph 4:24, and having been “put on” at regeneration, Col 3:10; being “renewed after the image of Him that created him,” it is to be “put on” in practical apprehension of these facts.
Outline of Biblical Usage
1. of God creating the worlds
2. to form, shape, i.e. to completely change or transform
Create, Creation, Creator, Creature:
• used among the Greeks to mean the founding of a place, a city or colony, signifies, in Scripture, “to create,” always of the act of God, whether
(a) in the natural creation, Mar 13:19; Rom 1:25 or
(b) in the spiritual creation, Eph 2:10, 15; 4:24; Col 3:10.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Spiritual Man: (ho pneumatikos):
In distinction from the natural, the unrenewed man (1Co 2:15); man in whom the Holy Spirit dwells and rules.
This divine indwelling insures mental illumination: “He that is spiritual discerneth (AVm) (or interpreteth) all things”; moral renewal: “a new creature” (2Co 5:17); “a new man” (Eph 4:24); spiritual enduement: “Ye shall receive power” (Ac 1:8).