Monday, July 30, 2012

New-Creational Being, G.K.Beale

My husband has been reading a book called "A New Testament Biblical Theology"  by G.K. Beale.  The other day he read me an excerpt which gives an interesting take on the new creation life in Christ:

     "I have concluded that in Rom. 6, Eph. 4, and Col. 3 believers are part of a beginning new creation.  This means that their part in the old creation has been 'laid aside,' and they, though not perfected new creation, are growing in their new-creational existence.  Because they still physically live in the old, material world, and their new-creational being is not completed, sin still dogs them.  However, slowly but surely they are increasingly progressing in their new creational existence.  This means that they are in the process of shaking the sinful shadow of the 'old man' that lingers over them, even though the old man is gone. In a real sense, true believers are still part of the old creation in that they still possess physical bodies, which are being corrupted and will one day die, unless the Lord returns beforehand. Nevertheless, the unseen part of a person, that person's soul or 'spirit' or 'inner man is being renewed day by day.'  To perceive the reality of this increasingly renewed 'inner man' one must' look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.'  Therefore, 'we walk by faith and not by sight' in believing that our resurrection and new-creational existence are true and growing.
     It is crucial to clarify here that Paul is not saying that both an 'old man' and the 'new man' exist together in a person, so that there is a battle between the two inside each Christian. Those who hold such a view conceive that sometimes the 'old man' wins the battle, and sometimes the 'new man' wins. Some would go so far as to say that the 'old man' can dominate a Christian most of the time, so that the 'new man' barely ever shows himself.  Some believe that Rom. 7:15-25 supports such a dual picture."

(And he goes on to explain this in the rest of the chapter.  Very interestingly said....)

from A New Testament Biblical Theology by G.K. Beale

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