Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Cor 5:17
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Gal 3:26-28
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:1-2
The above passages paint vivid pictures of the new man. The moment you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you were born again into the family of God. You have a brand new spirit. The new you is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, and neither male nor female. However, because you are triune being, you still have two-thirds of you that isn’t brand new. For emphasis: you are a spirit, you have a soul and you live in an earthly suit, your body (1The 5:23).
How do you Become God’s New Man?
You do so by “putting off the old man”. To explain: all of your life experiences up till the moment when you accepted Christ were deposited into your soul. The suit you are wearing (your physical body) also has not changed. Your task now is to believe you are brand new (John 8:28), reprogram your mind to reverse what was stored in there previously (that is, your old experiences), and then live like the brand new person that you are now. A born again person who does not go through the process of renewing their mind is like a person trying to patch an old, worn garment with brand new cloth (Mk 2:21-22). It doesn’t work. Rather, you believe in who God says you are in His Word, and act like it, and then you become God’s new man—this is grace working through faith.
Who is God’s New Man?
- He has been baptized into Christ and clothed with Christ. – Gal 3:27
- He is neither a man nor a woman, black nor white, etc. – Gal 3:28
- He is Abraham’s seed and a heir of God’s riches according to the promise. – Gal 3:29
- He understands his purpose and assignment in the world. – Lk 2:49
- God’s New Man is changed from the inside out. When you put on the new man from the outside, it creates a “religion-you”: your Christianity is make-believe and fake. Your character will not align with what you profess, unless you are truly transformed from the inside.
- Let us rethink this together: The New Man is not the old man being renewed, like an old car that has gotten new body work. The Bible says he has been recreated altogether – Eph 2:10.
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. – Eph 2:10 (AMP)
That is why Peter calls him peculiar (1Pet 2:9). In 1Cor 5:17, Paul calls him a new creation—a species that has never existed before. But yes, he needs to know this by renewing his mind (Rom 12:2).
- This is the big one. The offspring of a dog is a dog. A cat gives birth to cats. In 1Jn 4:4, the bible says you are of God, and that in your new nature, you have overcome the world. The new man is greater than Satan. The new man is triumphant (2Cor 2:14)!
- The key difference is that God’s New Man is altogether brand new—he hasn’t merely gone through some body work. He is born anew by the incorruptible seed of the Word of God (1Pet 1:23). He has no limits, for God birthed him. It is critical that we have clarity, illumination and understanding, lest we suffer a tragic consequence:
“They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are unstable. I said, “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High. But you shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes.” – Ps 82:5-7
When you put on the new man, you will suddenly realize that who you think you are—what you are, where you came from, your color, your outward appearance—is no longer important to God. At this point, you’ll begin to experience oneness and unity with God like you have never experienced before. Why? Because when you completely disrobe yourself of the old man, and instead put on the new man—it begins to change you, from the inside out!