Recently, I reread Jim’s commentary on the “one new man” and I believe the teaching is especially important for this new year. I want to share it with you all over the coming few weeks. Over these many years, we have built a community of Christian Zionists who are actively looking to the scriptures for answers. Jim’s One New Man teaching addresses some of the most important questions in many of our minds.
One of the least understood, yet most intriguing and stated purposes of Jesus is this: “to create in himself, one new man.” .
Obviously, this begs the question, “What does this mean?” Who is the “One New Man” that Jesus the Messiah intended to create in himself? How can one recognize him? Is the One New Man Jewish or Gentile? Both? Neither? What are the distinguishing features of this One New Man?
Traditionally, the “One New Man” of Ephesians 2: 15 has been interpreted as referring to the “church” and the spiritual oneness of all its members.
However, a closer look at the passage clearly shows that the One New Man is not talking about the “Christian church.” The text is not in a “church” related passage—the term “church” is not even used in this context. No, this is an “Israel” related passage, as we will see. Clearly, the One New Man is inseparably related to Israel.
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