The Natural Man
Out of Christ.
by T. Austin-Sparks

1.  THE KINGDOM OF MAN.
Spirit. Dead to God; entirely severed from God.     Eph. 2:1.
Soul.  Darkened and incapable of receiving or knowing the things of God. 1 Cor. 2:14.
Body. Corruptible, and a body of death.               1 Cor. 15:42-54.
The whole locked up in a fallen state.

2.  THE KINGDOM OF THE WORLD.
Man's second realm of bondage.
"The whole world lieth in the evil one."  1 John 5:19 (R.V.)
Blinded by its god.                             2 Cor. 4:3,4.
Under a curse - marks of which are death and pending judgment.

3.  THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS.
Man's third realm of bondage.
"The prince of this world."                           John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11.
"Principalitiesópowersóworld rulers of this darkness."  Eph. 6:12.
"The god of this age."                                            2 Cor. 4:4.
"The authority of darkness."                                    Col. 1:13.

4.  THE KINGDOM OF THE HEAVENS.
Closed to fallen man.                                             John 3:3,5.
Interested in fallen man for his deliverance.               John 3:16. etc.

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The Believer
In  Christ.

1.  Christ his Redeemer and Deliverer.

2.  The Cross his way of escape.
Christ (God in Christ) as Man for man in His cross took man's:
                         (a) Place.       Phil. 2:7, 8.
                         (b) Sin.          Rom. 8:3
                         (c) Judgment. Gal. 3:13.
                         (d) Death.      2 Cor. 5:15. etc.

In His resurrection:
                         (a) Broke through all realms of bondage.           Col. 2:15.
                         (b) Destroyed all Satan's authority.                 Eph. 1:19, 20.
                         (c) Took His place (as Man for man) in heaven. Heb. 1:3; 2:9.
                         (d) Sent His Spirit to dwell within believers.

3The Believer.
In union with Christ by the One Spirit, is:
                         (a) Born from above and has the kingdom of the heavens within.
                         (b) Is therefore a heavenly being in deepest reality.
                         (c)    1. Is Crucified and dead to self.           Gal. 2:20.
                                 2. Is Crucified to the world.                Gal. 6:14.
                                 3. Is Translated out of the authority of darkness,

                                     and from the power of Satan. Col. 1:13, Acts 26:18.
                                 4. Is Seated together with Christ in the heavenlies
                                    and there works and wars.              Eph. 2:6; 6:12.
                                 5. Enjoys an open heaven for revelation, leading and
                                    fellowship.
                                 6. Must always keep in touch with Christ crucified
and
                                    the value of His cross.

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