Part 11 – What Does The New Species Look Like?
The Old Species … Fallen Man
Fallen man has a corrupted body (called the flesh), a damaged soul (often called “depraved”), and an inoperative spirit (that is dead to God).
Jesus, on the other hand, had a sinless body, a perfect soul, and a living spirit. Plus, He had a higher life in Him (the life of God Himself), and He lived by that life.
The New Species … Regenerated Man
When Jesus died on the cross, the old species was crucified with Him. When He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sent His Holy Spirit to earth in His place, a new species was created. What does that new species look like?
Regenerated man’s spirit has been re-livened, and resurrected by the Holy Spirit.
“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant — not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6, NIV).
The soul of regenerated man has been cleansed.
“… that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.” (Ephesians 5:26, NASB).
“… because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the LORD, you will be clean from all your sins.” (Leviticus 16:30, NIV).
Man’s soul now exists in the presence of a resurrected spirit. That spirit influences and transforms his soul.
Regenerated man also has the promise of a new, glorified body.
“So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable…” (1 Corinthians 15:42, NIV).
And regenerated man’s spirit has been made one with God’s spirit, and God’s life. God’s highest life is now in his spirit.
So regenerated man is a soul, but he also has a spirit, and this spirit contains the life form of God Himself in it. So we have the opportunity of experiencing and living by the Highest Life!
What Is The Key Reason For Regeneration?
What is the key reason, the key purpose of being able to live by the highest life that indwells us? It is not for experiencing the power of God, it is not for manifesting the works of God. Instead, it is simply so we can have fellowship with God, fellowship with the Father.
“God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.” (1 Corinthians 1:9, NIV).
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14, NIV).
So if we are not developing a relationship with God, we are wasting the most important aspect of our salvation, and of the life of God within us!
Jesus had experienced fellowship with the Godhead for all of past eternity. He cherished this above everything else. So when He came to this earth, His priority was to continue that fellowship here.
The focus of Jesus was not on signs, wonders, miracles, prophecy, healings, power, deliverance, visions, or anything else that we tend to find impressive. Instead, His focus, really, was on the most impressive thing of all … continuing in fellowship with the Father … intimate fellowship with the Father, within His spirit.
Remember that Jesus’s human spirit contains the life of the Father, it can hear the Father’s voice. It can allow Him to fellowship with the Father. It is one with His Father. It is the place where the Father’s life and the Son’s life are one. And so Jesus lived, every day, in fellowship with the Father.
(Note: I am indebted to Gene Edwards for many of the concepts in this series.)
… Next time …. Part 12 – How Did Simon Peter Change As A New Species?