The Dispensation Of God (Part 5): The New Man Identity Part 1 | INFEMI Sermon By Bishop Gobanga

The Dispensation Of God (Part 5) – The New Man Identity (Part 1): Sermon By Bishop Gobanga

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby…

Ephesians 2:14-16 (KJV)

Majority of the entire human race is yet to be awakened to the identity of the new man that God speaks about.

The desire of God is to bring the entire human race as one to magnify His name.

Humanity may have its own ways to establish unity e.g. United Nations, European Unity, African Union, etc but they have failed.

Unity can only be achievable in our accepted identity in Christ. Anything else will crumble like the tower of Babel (Genesis 11 & 12).

The human race is radically diverse. God desires humanity to be one but diverse.

The lust of power is manifested in the Tower of Babel, which expressed a group cultural ideal. Babel was an exploitative ideal to shackle and control the human race. They wanted to usurp God’s position so man can conform to Nimrod’s image and template.

The pursuit of uniformity at the Tower of Babel is what angered God, not their unity. The Tower of Babel was opposed to God’s diversity program. They feared going to other parts of the world and preferred gathering in one place.

In the Church, people have been brought up to believe that if you change from one denomination or local church to another, you are not safe.

If the Tower of Babel succeeded, the entire human race would have been in control of the devil as he was looking to take back control of his former estate.

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Jude 1:6 (KJV)

Denominations are a manifestation of sin and division that challenges the unity of the one man as Jesus prayed before his arrest.

That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me. 

John 17:21 (AMP)

Denominations exist because of competition.

By abolishing in His [own crucified] flesh the enmity [caused by] the Law with its decrees and ordinances [which He annulled]; that He from the two might create in Himself one new man [one new quality of humanity out of the two], so making peace.

Ephesians 2:15 (AMP)

The Church is yet to come to the unity of faith and to attain maturity in the faith. Therefore, we will always have the ministry of apostles and prophets to build up the church to attain maturity.

Independent congregations are also competing with each other.

Failure to find our identity in Christ Jesus will cause the entire human race to adapt to its own culture and identity devoid of God’s peace. 

God allows division in our relationships to show us our first devotion is with Christ and that we need to be one with Christ before we are one with brethren.

The Body of Christ has lost its identity. It has been pulling apart. At the heart of it is competition.

God wants us to understand that it is dangerous to disregard the rich facets of diversity. God wants each and every part of the Body to edify the Body.

God has always wanted a grand diversity of believers.

God wants to make all nations (not limited by geographical locations but denoting diversity in terms of calling and function) and peoples like Himself. The clergy, legal practitioners, etc are nations in their own rights. Nations aren’t just about ethnicity.

God wants people like Himself to pay tribute to His glory. Whatever God gives you should be for service and worship. Your wealth is for worship and to give God glory.

When God created Eve, it was so she can provide balance to man and to understand and demonstrate the unity and internal harmony of the Godhead.

Therefore, remember that at one time you were Gentiles (heathens) in the flesh, called Uncircumcision by those who called themselves Circumcision, [itself a mere mark] in the flesh made by human hands. [Remember] that you were at that time separated (living apart) from Christ [excluded from all part in Him], utterly estranged and outlawed from the rights of Israel as a nation, and strangers with no share in the sacred compacts of the [Messianic] promise [with no knowledge of or right in God’s agreements, His covenants]. And you had no hope (no promise); you were in the world without God. But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were [so] far away, through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been brought near.

Ephesians 2:11-13 (AMP)

God wants to make a nation of people who originate from different nations and backgrounds. Every part of the Body is an expression of the identity of Christ Jesus.

When you walk in the expression of your identity, you walk in humility. You look for opportunities to bless other people.

When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Job 38:7 (AMP)

When God created the first world, the morning stars (angelic host of God) sang for joy. This celebration reached the apex when Adam, created in the image of Christ, was created.

The more Adam and Eve beheld Christ in the Garden of Eden, the more they were translated into the glory of God.

What is the new man? This phrase is used 3 times in the New Testament.

By abolishing in His [own crucified] flesh the enmity [caused by] the Law with its decrees and ordinances [which He annulled]; that He from the two might create in Himself one new man [one new quality of humanity out of the two], so making peace. 

Ephesians 2:15 (AMP)

And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:24 (AMP)

And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it. 

Colossians 3:10 (AMP)

Christ created a new man out of two peoples in the earth – the Jews and Gentiles who had enmity because of principles of the law. The spirit of the law of His word is expressed through relationship with Him. Jesus comes to destroy the wall of hostility between the Jews and Gentiles to create a new man in Himself.

The new man is something corporate not singular. Adam was not a single man but the beginning of man as a collective entity as shown in Genesis 1:26.

God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.

Genesis 1:26 (AMP)

We are all members of the fallen Adamic race. When Adam sinned, the entire human race fell.

The new man comprises of different nations of people that have been regenerated at the cross. The new man is a new creation. The new man is being created as people are being transformed daily. This new man is a corporate entity that expresses the divine attributes of Christ.

The success of the early Church was in their unity. This is the place where the Church today is failing.

God did not create many men. He created one man – Adam. Adam was not an individual, he was corporate. This is why Genesis 1:26 uses the personal pronoun them. God had a vision of multitudes of people as is shown in Revelation.

After this I looked and a vast host appeared which no one could count, [gathered out] of every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages. These stood before the throne and before the Lamb; they were attired in white robes, with palm branches in their hands. 

Revelation 7:9 (AMP)

Whatever God intended to do through the first man He created, He was able to accomplish it through Christ Jesus. His plan and purpose has always been one and the same. It has always been consistent.

Through Christ as an individual person, God was fully expressed. Through the Church, God is expressed to usher in the Kingdom.

God Himself is corporate not singular. He is three persons in one, each distinct but not separate. God is one.

God’s image is replicated and His character revealed through man but also through His interaction with humanity. Through this, He is able to demonstrate the depths and heights of His grace and love.

The first man was a type of Christ who was to come. The real Adam is Christ. God’s purpose in creating Adam was fulfilled in Christ as the second Adam. The plan of redemption was never an afterthought.

Christ expressed God and revealed God individually but God wanted a corporate man. This is why Jesus had to die and ascend to heaven so He could multiply and dispense Himself into millions of believers.

Submit one to another and allow your carnal man to die.

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