2019 ITEROF Message Four

The One New Man Fulfilling God’s Purpose in Creating Man

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Message Four

Taking Christ as Our Person for the One New Man

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man, That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith……—Eph.3:16-17

and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.—Gal.2:20

Word of Appetizer

For the practical existence of the one new man, how can we live by Christ and take Christ as our person?

For the practical existence of the one new man, the total person of the old man must be put away, and we must live by our new person. Our standard for being a Christian should not be right or wrong, good or bad, but a person; the crucial matter is not what we are doing but who is doing it.

When we live our life by taking Christ as our person, especially in making decisions, our living will be the living of the new man.

Spiritual Burden 

If we are unveiled and enlightened, we will see that today in the Lord’s recovery we need to rise up together to take Christ as our person for the one new man.

We need to live a life in the new man by taking Christ as our person, with Him as the One making all the decisions in us.

Since we are part of the new man, our decisions and our living should not be ours; they should be the decisions and living of the corporate new man; this is the ultimate requirement.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

For the new man we all need to take Christ as our person.

For the practical existence of the one new man, the total person of the old man must be put away, and we must live by our new person.

When we live our life by taking Christ as our person, especially in making decisions, our living will be the living of the new man.

Paul is a pattern of taking Christ as our person for the one new man.

If we are unveiled and enlightened, we will see that today in the Lord’s recovery we need to rise up together to take Christ as our person for the one new man.

The Experience of Life 

Christ has been born into us, He is now living in us, and He will be formed in us at our maturity.

If we allow Christ to have all the room within us and if we give Him the full liberty to do whatever He wants in us, our heart will become His home.

Practice and Application

We have to deny our former person, which the Bible calls “the old man” and the “outer man”, and we have to live by our new person, “the inner man”.

Since we are part of the new man, our decisions and our living should not be ours; they should be the decisions and living of the corporate new man; this is the ultimate requirement.

In our daily life we should not have our being according to teaching, feelings, concepts, or circumstances but according to the mingled spirit, taking Christ as our person for the universal one new man.

 Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outline

Key Verses (1)

That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man, That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith……—Eph.3:16-17

And He Himself gave some as apostles and some as prophets and some as evangelists and some as shepherds and teachers, For the perfecting of the saints unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ, Until we all arrive at the oneness of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, at a full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,……—Eph.4:11-13

I For the new man we all need to take Christ as our person.

V Today in the Lord’s recovery we need to rise up together to take Christ as our person for the one new man.

  • In the one new man there is only one person, which is Christ.
  • We need to see that the church is the one new man and that in this new man we have no place, for Christ is all.
  • Christ is in all of us as one person; therefore, we all have only one person.
  • What God cares for is whether we live by Christ and take Christ as our person.
  • We need to perfect the saints in every locality so that they may enter into a situation where they take Christ as their person for the one new man. The gifted persons—the apostles, prophets, evangelists, and shepherds and teachers—should take this as their goal.
  • If all the saints in the Lord’s recovery take Christ as their person, then spontaneously we all will be the one new man.

Key Verses (2)

Knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with Him……—Rom.6:6

Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.—2Cor.4:16

So that coming to you in joy through the will of God, I may refresh myself and rest with you.—Rom.15:32

But without your mind I did not want to do anything, that your goodness would not be as of necessity, but voluntary.—Phile.14

II the total person of the old man must be put away, and live by our new person

III. taking Christ as our person, especially in making decisions

  • Realizing that our former person has been crucified, we should not live in that person, by that person, or with that person anymore.
  • We have to deny our former person, which the Bible calls “the old man” and the “outer man”, and we have to live by our new person, “the inner man”.
  • The crucial matter is not what we are doing but who is doing it.
  • Whereas the Body is for moving, the new man is for living, and eighty to ninety percent of our living is in making decisions.
  • We need to live a life in the new man by taking Christ as our person, with Him as the One making all the decisions in us.
  • If we take Christ as our person, we will not decide anything in our life by ourselves; they should be the decisions and living of the corporate new man.

Key Verses (3)

I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me;—Gal.2:20

My children, with whom I travail again in birth until Christ is formed in you,—4:19

That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith……—Eph..3:17

For God is my witness how I long after you all in the inward parts of Christ Jesus.—Phil.1:8

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,—2:5

That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit.—Rom.8:4

IV Paul is a pattern of taking Christ as our person for the one new man.

  • “It pleased God…to reveal His Son in me”.
  • “I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.’’
  • “My children, with whom I travail again in birth until Christ is formed in you”.
  • “That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith”.
  • “God is my witness how I long after you all in the inward parts of Christ Jesus”.
  • “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”.
  • “That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit”.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1 Before we were saved, our person is our soul, but now our person is our spirit.(Eph.2:15;3:17a)

(Please illustrate that we need to see the development from our new birth to the one new man where Christ is all and in all.)

T2 We should not live in the old person anymore, we have to live by the new person.(John6:57)

(Please illustrate that how do we apply this in our daily living?)

D2

T1 Our standard for being a Christian should not be right or wrong, good or bad, but a person(2Cor.4:16)

(Please illustrate that the crucial matter is not what we are doing but who is doing it.)

T2 We have to live and do everything by this new person.(Gal.2:20)

(Please illustrate that we must only care for one thing: which person is going to do it.)

D3

T1 Whereas the Body is for moving, the new man is for living.(Philem.14)

(Please illustrate it by experience that if we take Christ as our person, we will not decide anything in our life by ourselves.)

T2 When you live your life by taking Christ as your person, your living will be the living of the new man.(Eph.4:24)

(Please illustrate that the living of the new man has two characteristics: one is righteousness and the other is holiness.)

D4

T1 Christ lives in me.(Gal.2:20)

(Please illustrate that God’s purpose is to work Christ into us.)

T2 God does not want us to try in a religious way to submit to our husbands or to love our wives.(Gal.4:19)

(Please illustrate that His concern is that we take Christ as our person and set aside all ordinances. )

D5

T1 Christ may make His home in our hearts through faith(Eph.3:15)

(Please illustrate the meaning of making His home in the Greek.)

T2 Christ is making His home deep down in our heart, possessing and occupying every corner and every avenue of our entire being.(Eph.3:14-17)

(Please illustrate that Paul is a pattern of taking Christ as our person for the one new man.)

D6

T1 holding to truth in love and grow up into Christ in all things(Eph.4:13-16)

(Please illustrate that what is the entire secret that all the saints on the entire earth will become the one new man)

T2 Christ as the person is not individual or local but universal.(Eph.3:17;4:24)

(Please illustrate that if all the brothers and sisters in all six continents take Christ as the person, then spontaneously all the brothers and sisters on the earth in His recovery will be the one new man.)