This blog is connected to the website, http://winningtheculturewarthebook.com and I write the articles of this blog to help define and develop the ideas from my book, Winning the Culture War. Some of the articles are spiritual in nature to help Christians reading the book to obtain the spiritual growth necessary to be a Christian Culture Warriors in a very secular world. Without a degree of wholeness and holiness, Christians will not be able to impact this world; rather it will impact and corrupt them. In this article, I make an effort to lay the foundation for a born-again believer to understand the power of Christ in them to sustain them. My main goal is to help them avoid making a human effort to be like Christ and to recognize God’s power in them to accomplish God’s purpose in their lives.
2 Cor. 5:17 New creation; Romans 6:4-11 Old man; Colossians 3:9-10 put on the new man; Romans 5:12, 15-21 Sin entered the world by the one man, Adam, and the free gift of eternal life came by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ. Spirit, soul and body: I Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Timothy 1:7:
These Scriptures express a truth that can be clarified by understanding how a person becomes a “new creation” and a “new man” when he/she becomes born again. Originally Adam and Eve consisted, in their being, of a spirit, soul and body. Their spirits had the capacity to commune or love God, know Him intimately and be righteous. When Adam sinned, his and Eve’s (humankinds) spirits died or became dormant, losing their ability to be intimate with God. Because of Adam’s sin, mankind now became what Scripture calls the “old man.” Without a living spirit, human nature was now fallen, making humans inclined to sin rather than be inclined to do what is good.
When the Son of God became man, He was born with a living spirit. His human nature, as the New Adam, consisted of a spirit, soul and body. Therefore, He not only paid for our sins by His death but also restored our spirits, gave them birth, through His Resurrection. When we become born again, accepting Jesus as our personal savior through faith and repentance, His life-giving grace gives birth to our spirits. Each of us as sinners, having had our spirits lying dormant, now experience their resurrection or birth. That is our spiritual birth. We join with the New Adam to be sons of God.
It is difficult to describe this process but a useful image is the blow up figures in people’s yards during the holidays. They are collapsed when they are not filled with air; in other words, they lie dormant and lifeless until filled with air. Once filled with air, they take on new life as a Santa Claus or a snowman or some other holiday creature. So too, our spirits lie dormant while we are sinners, but once born again, our spirits are filled with Christ’s life through the Holy Spirit, making them active in our beings.
We are now restored to Adam and Eve’s state of possessing a spirit, soul and body. We cannot walk and talk with God in the garden as they did; however, we can now commune and know God intimately through the new capacities of our spirits. We are a “new creation.” Not only are our sins forgiven, but we also possess new spiritual faculties to love and commune with God, receive revelation and knowledge of Him and know right from wrong.
As a result of the birth of our spirits, the Father sees us as righteous not only because our sins are paid for by Jesus death and covered by Jesus blood but also because we have received a new spirit that is holy and is filled with the Holy Spirit and, through the Spirit, with Christ’s life. We have become sons of God.
Once born again, our journey begins with God pouring out His Grace, Christ’s life, to begin the transformation of our hearts, souls and bodies. Grace is Christ life in us, living water, providing the power to be and do what we cannot be and do on our own. We need to place pleasing the Lord and becoming like Christ our ruling motivation. If we continue to dedicate ourselves to that goal throughout our lives, the Lord can use us to fulfill His purpose in this world. As the church, the Bride without spot or wrinkle, more closely manifests Christ’s character, it will be able to complete God’s plan for the preparation of the Lord’s return.
The book, the Handbook for Wholeness and Holiness (found on http://www.winningtheculturewarthebook.com/blog) further defines the path that needs to be taken and guides Christians to fulfill God’s plan for their individual lives as well as their bigger role in His broader plan. It requires steadfast and persistent commitment driven by unselfish, godly love.