Subsequent to this the new creation was denied at Reading [c. 1883,] by Mr. C. E. Stuart.
It was said that old things became new, and from that day
to this great ignorance of what is the character and nature of new creation has
marked the opposers, and I am afraid there is still a very imperfect sense of
what new creation really is "the new man which after God is created in
righteousness and holiness of truth".
Those who dwell exclusively on objective truth can never know experimentally what new creation is; that it is the great grace of God to give us a state fitted to the reception of His grace, as the best robe fitted the prodigal for the great supper. Thus God fits us for the new position which His grace has secured to us.
There is, thank God, a better and clearer idea now of what the new creation is than there was thirty years ago; but many of the evangelists do not really apprehend fully that the old man is removed from the eye of God in judgment.
If this were truly apprehended they would not address the old man by seeking to work on his feelings. It is quite right to awaken souls to their lost condition, but the grace of God is that He has removed that man in judgment.
But I believe that what is not understood is the nature of the Man, the unique character of the One, who has superseded the first man before the eye of God, and until this is apprehended and that we derive from Christ, as members of His body, there can be no apprehension that He is our Head the source of all life and power, or of what it is to be united to Him.
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