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The Inner Man vs. The Outer Man
« on: Wed May 26, 2021 - 15:19:42 »
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BUFF SCOTT, JR.
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The Inner Man vs. The
Outer Man

     It seems a few of us experience some difficulty comprehending the difference between religious externals under Moses and the inner or spiritual man under Jesus. Or to rephrase the topic, “The Internal vs. the External.” One reader wrote:
 
   “If, as you say, externals in our Christian walk today are ‘petty’ and ‘trivial,’ how do you explain immersion in water and the Lord’s Supper, for they certainly are external observances? Jesus commanded them.”
 
    Good question. Religious activities under Moses and the old covenant were largely external and emphatically detailed, while under Jesus and the new covenant the spiritual and the inner man receive the emphasis. Any external act Jesus commands, however, is not petty or trivial, whether it be immersion in water, the Lord’s Supper, or repentance—to name a few basics.
 
    As you might recall, it was during the Jewish Passover Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, a memorial to be observed in the new covenant age. However, we are not bound by the Jewish Passover today, nor by any of its trimmings, any more than we are bound to meet in an upper room where the Supper was introduced.
 
    Furthermore, the old Jewish Passover could not be celebrated by any male alien or citizen, unless he was circumcised [Exodus 12:48]. If the Jewish Passover were binding today, we would be compelled to eat unleavened bread and drink unfermented fruit of the vine, circumcise all males, and journey to Jerusalem to celebrate it.
 
    These are some of the many externals under Moses. God’s children are no longer under Moses and the numerous extraneous exercises. One good brother remarked that when we eat leavened bread and drink leavened fruit of the vine in observance of the Lord’s Supper, we reject the symbolisms.
 
    I disagree. The symbols are still present in the bread and fruit of the vine, whether fermented or unfermented. I find it interesting that the Corinthians seemingly used fermented fruit of the vine in their celebration of the Supper, because some of them were getting drunk [1 Cor. 11:21]. Paul did not criticize them because of the fermented juice but because they made the “love feast” into a drunken party. Some pigged out while others went hungry. Because of the abuse, Paul told them to eat at home.
 
    If a brother's conscience is violated by eating leavened bread and drinking fermented juice, by all means he should abstain. I would never think of censuring or rejecting him because of his belief. On the other hand, he must not censure or reject me because I can do both without violating my conscience.
 
     The point is, when we place more emphasis upon the external man than we do the inner man, which seems to be the case in many corners of the Christian community, we err. However, as a matter of clarification, immersion in water and the Lord’s supper, although externals, are commanded. They are in an entirely different category than externals not commanded.
 
    To express what I’m saying in another way, incidental externals are not to be given the same importance, or placed on the same level, as were the externals under the Old Law. Ours is “heart-felt” and spiritual [internal]. Theirs were largely external—places, times, forms, patterns, rituals, liturgies. Jesus said of ours, “The time is coming when you will worship God neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem” [John 4:21].
 
    In other words, to paraphrase, “The day is coming, and now is, when worship will be anytime and the place where you are.” The idea is that externals such as places, times, forms, patterns, rituals, and liturgies are not to receive the attention they received under Moses.
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« Reply #1 on: Thu May 27, 2021 - 20:27:16 »
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   If you have and comments, remarks, or different views in relation to the column above, please feel free to advance them.

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« Reply #2 on: Sat May 29, 2021 - 03:58:08 »
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« Reply #3 on: Sat May 29, 2021 - 13:24:57 »
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I posted something earlier here, but needed to remove it. Sorry.

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« Reply #4 on: Sat May 29, 2021 - 13:25:34 »
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    I posted a complaint earlier, but discovered the "complaint" was my fault, not anyone else's. Sorry.

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