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Putting on the New Man.

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Putting on the New Man.

Rom 13:14 BUT PUT ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Is Jesus like a piece of clothing we are put on? How is this done? The spiritual mind does not think in letters or charters that make up words. We think in imagery, and pictures. “A Word fitly spoken are like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Pro 25:11) How many times has someone explained something to us we did not understand and we said, “ Ooh now I see”? As words bring forth imagery, they also bring forth understanding after we see. Revelation (which means to unveil, to show something once hidden from view but now is seen) causes a “change” to take place within us. We are now seeing something we never saw before. Only God can give revelation of his Word.

Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, SEEING THAT YE HAVE PUT OFF THE OLD MAN with his deeds;
Col 3:10 And HAVE PUT ON THE NEW MAN, WHICH IS RENEWED IN KNOWLEDGE AFTER THE IMAGE OF HIM that created him: (KJV)

Putting off the old man comes about only after we see the IMAGE of the new man!!! This renovation (The word “renewed” means renovation, a changing process) “KNOWLEDGE” comes after we see the IMAGE of this new man!!! The word, “knowledge here means ,”full discernment”. When we read the Bible we are gaining knowledge from the words being read, but this revelation knowledge is coming from the one who spoke them. It's one thing to read what someone has said in the past in the Bible, and it is another to have that person who said them SHOW you what they meant when they said them. This is called revelation knowledge, and it causes a change to take place inside that person who receives it.

1Jn 3:2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but WE KNOW THAT WHEN HE APPEARS WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, BECAUSE WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS.

How can a person put on the new man (Jesus Christ) unless he first sees him?

2Co 3:18 And we all, with UNVEILED FACE, BEHOLDING THE GLORY OF THE LORD, ARE BEING TRANSFORMED INTO THE SAME IMAGE FROM ONE DEGREE OF GLORY TO ANOTHER. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

The question would now be, is Jesus Christ who is now living inside me, is he perfect in me?
When a person be comes born again does he get only 1/16 of Jesus, and then as time goes on get more of him, or does he come in his fullness at the new birth? Can Jesus be sliced up like a piece of pie and handed out slowly over time, and only if we are good? The answer is Jesus Christ lives inside the believer perfectly at conversion.

If Jesus is perfect in me, then why am I not acting like him, or being like him? My transforming into the image of Jesus from glory to glory is based on me seeing this person in me who is perfect in every way. No one can imitate another person as we are told to do (Eph 5:1) unless we can see that person first.

Jesus only did (imitate) what he saw his Father doing. If Jesus did not see his Father, who was dwelling in him, then he would have done nothing!!! (John 5:19)

The Holy Spirit, and God the Father was so in control of Jesus Christ that Jesus could say, “HE THAT SEETH ME, SEETH THE FATHER.” (John 14:9) Jesus is not God the Father, but all of the actions that his father did through Jesus revealed himself outwardly!!! As a believer this is also true of us. When Jesus is in control of us we can say he that seeth me seeth Jesus in me. We are NOT Jesus, but he does live inside us in his fullness, and our actions reveal him to others.

Seeing brings change which brings knowledge after the image of him who created him. We put off the old man only after we see the new man. Anytime we take something off, it hast to be replaced with something else, or in other words it is the new that replaces the old all at the same time. We are not slowly becoming more like Jesus, as we are already like him. Our transforming process into his likeness is in our outward actions which are changing from glory to glory as we behold him in us!!! We are decreasing, and he is increasing his control as we grow in the Lord, and in the power of HIS might. It is in our actions that is changing. The inward man is already complete because Jesus Christ in us is perfect!!

As it is written......

James 1:23 For IF ANY BE A HEARER OF THE WORD, AND NOT A DOER, HE IS LIKE UNTO A MAN BEHOLDING HIS NATURAL FACE IN A GLASS: (mirror)
James 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway FORGETTETH WHAT MANNER OF MAN HE WAS.

A man's outwards actions are based on what he see's in the mirror as who he is. If this man “FORGETS” what MANNER of man he is, his actions fail to produce right actions. If we all with unveiled faces are beholding as in a mirror the Glory of God (which is Jesus Christ) we are changed into that same image... (2 Cor 3:18), and all our of actions will match up to who we see we are!!!! Exactly how Jesus only did (actions, imitate) what he SAW his Father doing.

Somebody might say to me, “That's all fine and dandy to you brother Curtis, but how in the world am I suppose to see Jesus so I can be changed?” Jesus himself tells us how!!

John 14:21 HE THAT HATH MY COMMANDMENTS, AND KEEPETH THEM, HE IT IS THAT LOVETH ME: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

How are we suppose to love Jesus? By “KEEPING” his commandments. The word, “KEEPETH” is the Greek word in this verse that means, “TO GUARD, TO PROTECT, TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON”. Guarding, and protecting the Word of God inside the believer is how Jesus said we are to love him. Guarding and protecting the Word from what? The lusts of other things, the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches as these all can enter in and “CHOKE” the Word from producing it's intended purpose.

Jesus then tells us exactly how he will love us in return if we do this....
“…. he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I WILL LOVE HIM, AND WILL MANIFEST MYSELF TO HIM. (John 14:21)

The Greek word for “MANIFEST” in this verse means, “TO MAKE APPARENT, CAUSE TO BE SEEN, TO SHOW; TO APPEAR, BE SEEN OPENLY”

Anybody can say I love Jesus, but, the one who truly loves him speaks the truth into his heart, and protects that Word from the things of this world. These people keep their eyes upon the Word, meditate on it all the time. They think it, speak it every day. The results of this is Jesus reveals himself to them, and they are putting him on.
 
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