THE FOUR STAGES OF MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

(1)  MAN–AS GOD MADE HIM (before the Fall)

(2)  MAN–AS SIN LEFT HIM (after the Fall)

(3)  MAN–AS GRACE REMAKES HIM (in Christ)

(4)  MAN–AS HE WILL BE (in glory)

 

  (1)  MAN AS GOD MADE HIM                               (2) MAN AS SIN LEFT HIM

(Adam & Eve before the Fall)                               (Adam & Eve after the Fall)

[able to not sin]                                                  [able to sin]

[able to sin]                                                         [not able to not sin]

 

    (3)  MAN AS GRACE REMAKES HIM                   (4) MAN AS HE WILL BE

(a Christian as they are now)                               (a Christian as he will be in glory)

[able to sin]                                                            [able to not sin]

[able to not sin]                                                      [not able to sin]

 

COMPARISON BETWEEN “THE OLD MAN” AND “THE NEW MAN

 

    THE “OLD MAN”                                                       THE “NEW MAN”

(The sum totality of a person                              (The sum totality of a person

who is not a Christian)                                        once they are a Christian)

 

Representative

      Head:                             Adam                                                                Christ

 

Master:                                   Satan                                                             Christ

 

Ruling Power:                        Sin                                                                  Holy Spirit

 

At Judgment:                   Guilty in Adam/                                                   Pardoned in Christ/

Guilty by one’s own sins                                     Imputed Righteous in Christ

 

Destiny:                                 Hell                                                                  Heaven

 

Home:                                 This world                                                The World to Come

 

Citizenship:                         Satan’s Kingdom                                     Kingdom of God

 

The Place/Role

 of Sin:                             Reigns Supreme                                           Dethroned but still present;

remaining sin must be put

to death/mortified/crucified

 

Rule of Life:                        sin, the devil, the world                           God’s Word: the Law

and the Gospel promises