God's Promises to the Hidden Man
IX. Bringing the New Man through to Fulfilment
Though God is not responsible for the destruction of our natural man over His promises to the new man, it accomplishes the purpose of the promises! As the old man dies layer by layer through His ill-fated responses to the promises, it allows the new man to rise up to the surface of our personality—displacing our old identities altogether.
This is how God uses creationary promises to purify identity. As each layer of old personality is shed through failed expectation, the new man comes closer step by step to the place where he can receive his creationary fulfilment.
Don't let this talk of "surfacing" new personality throw you. We see this mirrored in nature. For instance, there is a certain snake that seasonally "outgrows" its own skin. A new skin is being developed underneath the visible skin. The new skin "surfaces" and the old skin is shed off. Yet it is the same snake.
This is also true of bugs, and even your own body. Here is a transformation so slow that you can't see it—yet the truth is that every several years, your body cells are entirely replaced—new ones for old ones. The old die, the new surface. Old cells, new cells—yet the same body.
This same truth applies to the revelation of our new identity through our personality in earthly life. God is bringing us through a gradual metamorphosis where He is bringing our new identity to the surface of our personality at the expense of our old identities, layer by layer, until our new man has totally subsumed our earthly existence, "swallowing up" our total personhood. (Eventually, this process culminates in our putting on of immortality.)
It is God's creationary promises to our new man that serve as steps for bringing the new man to greater levels of surfacing through us. As the old man dies over his failed expectations, the new man is led up and out of the pit of our being. The promises call him forth to greater manifestation through us where he can reach out and receive the earthly fulfilment. The time lapse between promise and fulfilment is synchronized to the time it takes our new man to surface through our personality so that it is our new man that receives the fulfilment, not the old man.
There is a time and season to everything. This includes the operation of the promises (Word) of God in us. Promises have to be harvested. There is timing to this. That timing is geared to the purification of our new identity.
This is why the word of God is likened to a seed in nature. Seeds are planted, mingle with the earth, are watered, and ripen to harvest. So are the promises. They are planted. They mingle with our earth, the earth of our personality. They are watered by the gifts and outpourings of the Holy Spirit. Then, when the word accomplishes maturation of the new man over the death of the old man, the promises are harvested in life by the new man.
written from Pleasant Valley
Prince Edward Island, Canada
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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