Editora: Kenyon’s Gospel Publishing Society
Sinopse: We have found the secret that the psychologists long have sought. It is the “inward man”, it is the re–created spirit; it is the part of man with which God deals. It is really an unveiling of what we are in Christ today; of what He says we are; what He has made us to be in His great Redemptive work. The Pauline Epistles must ever stand as the work of a super–genius or a divine revelation. It lets us into the inner secret of God’s mighty purpose in the Incarnation. The four Gospels give us the earth walk of the Master, but the Pauline Epistles give us a revelation of what happened on the cross, what followed during the three days and three nights until Christ was raised from the dead. We get the living picture of the entire substitutionary work of Christ. It is the legal background of our Redemption. This challenging book should be studied by every earnest student of the Word.
“In the Gospels Jesus acts like Deity, talks like Deity, dies like Deity, and conquers death like God.
He was God manifest in the flesh in His earth walk and He was God in the Spirit in His Substitutionary sacrifice. At God’s right hand He has a glorified body and is Head of the New Creation. You will find that He did a perfect work for us and the Spirit through the Word does a perfect work in us as Jesus is today at the right hand of the Father doing a perfect work for us.”
“Eph. 1:17-23 is a part of the great charter of our Redemption, and this is both legal and vital.
He reveals what He did for us. He reveals His process of building the very Nature and Life of the Father into our spirits. He said, I want you to know what is the exceeding greatness of His ability on our behalf who believe.
It is “according to that working of the strength of his might which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come: and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and he gave him to be the head over all things for the benefit of the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.” Here we have the legal background of His great Substitutionary work, of His absolutely conquering the forces of darkness before He arose from the dead.
Just as in Col. 2:15 it says, “That he put off from himself the principalities and the powers, and he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” We have failed to recognize this blessed fact, that in the substitutionary work of Christ, it was as though we ourselves were with Him. Just as the Spirit says in Gal. 2:20, “I was crucified with Christ,” not as the old version reads, “I am crucified.” No, it is past tense. It is the legal side.
He not only was crucified, but in Rom. 6:8 it says, “But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.” Not only were we crucified with Him but we died with Him. In Col. 2:12 we were buried with Him. In I Tim. 3:15 we were justified with Him. In Col. 2:13 we were made alive with Him. “You, I say, did He make alive together with Him.”
Then in Eph. 2:6 He raised us up with Him and made us to sit with Him in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus. In these Scriptures we get a living picture of the entire substitutionary work of Christ, in which we have a perfect Identification. It was done for us. It is the legal background of our Redemption. You can say, Yes, I was crucified with Him. I was identified with Him in His shame and His deep agonies on the cross.
More than that, God not only put my sin upon Him and made Him sin with my sin, but He put me upon Him. He was taking my place. He was acting in my stead. It was my sin that stripped Him naked. It was my sin that caused the crown of thorns to be put upon His brow. It was my sin that drove the nails into His hands and feet.
It was Love that was taking my place and suffering in my stead that I might be ransomed out of the authority of darkness and the power of sin and spiritual death. I can say I died with Him; that when He died on the cross He partook of my spiritual death, and I was identified with Him in that spiritual death. It was as though I had been there in person and we had left His body together.
When He died on the cross, He and I went to the place where I should have gone alone, but He went with me as my Substitute. He went with me to suffer in my stead. He was bearing my sin with me, that old spiritually dead self. He suffered there until the claims of justice against me had been satisfied and there was no longer any charge against me. My spiritual death and union with Satan were wiped out.
And then He was justified in Spirit. His justification was for me, for you see, He went there for me. He didn’t go there on His own account. He went on my account, and as soon as He was justified, He was Recreated-made alive in spirit, and that wonderful scripture in Acts 13:33, “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee,” was made real. Right there in those awful surroundings He was Born Again. He had become the very Righteousness of God right there.
And now I can understand Eph. 2:10: “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” That is the legal side of the New Birth. In the mind of justice, we were Recreated down there at the time Christ was, because He is the Head of the Body, the Firstborn from among the dead. He was the first person ever Born Again. In His birth, the whole Body of Christ had the legal work accomplished for them.
Then He conquered the adversary, but in the mind of justice I was with Him. When He stripped Satan of his authority and dominion, it was your victory and mine. We were there in the mind of justice. We put our heel upon the neck of the enemy; we stripped him of his authority; we left him defeated and broken, and then we were raised together with Christ.”
“The Law of the New Covenant is a perfect contrast to the Law of the Old Covenant. The first Covenant Law is called the “law of sin and death.” The Law of the New Covenant is called the “law of the spirit of life.” One law put men in bondage; the other Law made them free from the law of sin and death. That was a fearful title that was given to the first law-”of sin and of death.”
Both sin and death are of the adversary, and so the Old Covenant Law was given to men who were governed by the adversary, who had a Satanic nature and lived in Satan’s realm. It was never given for New Creation folks. No man that is Born Again has any part or lot in the Ten Commandments. They were all fulfilled in Christ and set aside. You see, He fulfilled the Abrahamic Covenant first, and after that was fulfilled, everything connected with that Covenant was set aside and finished and rolled up together in that first document. Then Jesus inaugurated a New Covenant.
The First Covenant was sealed with the blood of bulls and goats. The Second Covenant was sealed with the blood of Jesus. The New Creation that is under the New Covenant had a New Law given to them. Jesus gave it. John 13:34,35, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another ; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
The Pauline Epistles are a Revelation and an exposition of this New Law. Just as Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy are an exposition of the Law of the First Covenant, so these Epistles of Paul are given us to explain the New Covenant Law.”
“When He was down in hell and Satan had been conquered, then man’s Redemption was a completed thing. That is when God accepted His blood, and He sat down at the right hand of God. But it was not yet complete while Christ was living, so it was of no value to anybody. The New Creation was not available.
There was no High Priest at the right hand of the Father with the blood to show that He had dealt with the sin problem. There was no Mediator at the right hand of God, and until there was a Mediator, no human being could approach God. John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one can approach the Father but through me.” Acts 4:12, “Neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved, but the name of Jesus.” Jesus’ name was not yet available as a Savior. His Mediatorial work was not yet available.
Jesus was a prophet now. He had not yet become a Sin Substitute ; there was no Savior. He dealt only in the sense realm with men. He dealt with demons. He cast them out of individuals. He broke their power over men, which was all in the sense realm. It is such a bitter thing for our hearts to realize that Jesus, during His earth walk, didn’t have one single spiritually-minded companion. Good folks loved Him, but their love was the love of natural man. It was a selfish thing. It was so selfish that when He arose from the dead they said, “Master, are you going to restore the kingdom at this time ?”
He could not help men spiritually because they were dead in spirit. I think you can understand this Scripture now : John 14:12 “Greater things than these shall ye do; because I go unto the Father and ye behold me no more.” We are doing greater works than the Master did in His earth walk, because we help men spiritually. We bring to them the Word of Life and they are Recreated; they come into the Family of God. We help them to pass out of death unto Life. We teach them through the Word how God has made them His Righteousness.
Now they can stand in His presence as though sin had never been. We are God’s agents giving men Eternal Life, making them masters of demons and of circumstances. We, through His Living Word, have been able to lead men into fellowship and communion with the Father through the New Birth. Our ministry is almost an unlimited ministry. His Ministry was a limited one. Jesus healed men’s bodies. We, through the Grace of God, heal men’s spirits. He raised men from the dead to die again. We show them that they were raised together with Christ. He fed the hungry with loaves of bread and fishes. We feed the spiritually hungry with His own wonderful Words. We have the Spirit in us who raised Jesus from the dead.
We have a legal right to the use of Jesus’ name. With that name we do the works that Jesus wrought in His earth walk.”
““Love suffers long, and is kind; envies not; vaunteth not itself; is not puffed up; does not behave itself unseemly; seeketh not its own.” Those are the fruits of the Recreated spirit.
It is vitally important that we understand that the Recreated human spirit is the fountain out of which Faith flows. Natural man has only sense knowledge faith. (Read my book “The Two Kinds of Faith.”) Natural man believes in the things he sees and hears, the things that have come to him through the five senses. Like Woolworth, who had faith in a five and ten cent store. Like Rockefeller, who had faith in oil and gasoline. Love and Faith and Courage are the fruits of the Recreated human spirit. The conduct that has made Christians outstanding in society, has been the fruit of the Recreated human spirit.
You can see very clearly how the natural man could not know himself. We must not forget that the natural human spirit can be cultivated. We see this among the occult societies, among spiritualists and others that are in close fellowship with demons. James 3:13-18 says, “Who is wise and understanding among you? let him show by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom. “But if ye have bitter jealousy and faction in your heart, glory not and lie not against the truth. “This wisdom is not a wisdom that cometh down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonical.”
Then in the 17th verse it tells of the wisdom that comes down from above. It is true and peaceable. This contrast is suggestive. Wisdom is not a product of the reasoning faculties, but of the human spirit. The natural human spirit can contact demonical forces, just as the Recreated human spirit contacts God. Christian workers should become familiar with this truth. They should be able to discern at once whether a person is dominated by a demon or not. In my work in praying for the insane, I have seen much of the depths of Satan and how he gains absolute mastery over the reasoning faculties through the natural human spirit.”
“The Disciples never believed on Jesus until the Day of Pentecost. What faith they had was simply sense knowledge faith. They could only believe in the things they could see and hear and feel.”
“WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH LOVE?
NEW kind of Love was brought to the world by Jesus. As we understand this new kind of Love, we realize there never was any Love before. The thing we have called love has been sex attraction. In heathen countries there is no Love. It is mere sex attraction hardly higher than that seen in the animal world.”