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Practical Truth in Ephesians (6)
"And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness
and true holiness (holiness and truth)" (Eph. 4:24).
The next section is described in the structure given by Charles Welch as "the New
Man", as follows:
2:11-19 The New Man
Once alienated from the commonwealth
The New Man
Once alienated from the life of God (see vs. 18)
The new man is a new creation. Let us remind ourselves of the four occurrences of the
Greek word ktizo, create:
Created in Christ Jesus unto good works.
To make (create) in Himself of twain one new man
God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ.
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and
true holiness (holiness in truth).
The fact that the new man is a new creation is thus mentioned in both doctrinal and
Paul, when writing to the Corinthians, said:
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation); old things are passed away; behold,
all things are become new" (2 Cor. 5:17).
When we read of what God has created, we are not reading about a gradual transition
from one state to another. The old is passed away. All things become new. It is not
evolution. It is creation.
Before proceeding further, let us take a bird's eye view of chapter 2 of Ephesians.
Ephesians chapter 2
Once. Walk. Word and flesh
But God. Mercy. Love
Made alive together
Made to sit together
Distant (in the flesh)
a 11, 12
Once. Gentile. In flesh.