Eaglesway... please expand on your "opinion": The joining together began at Pentecost... I have several "opinions" about the one new man and I know I will learn/grow from your "opinion" ... I just need a bit more of an explanation. Thanks.
Molly, I continue to appreciate your bringing these current events issues as they are related to the Scriptures to this forum.
My view on the one new man would be hard to put in short form :o), but basically, I believe God has been revealing Himself to man over time through stages. Adam, Able, Enoch, Noah the anit-quarian fathers of man, then post-flood, Babel, Abraham Isaac and Jacob, the patriarchs into Israel(the land). Then comes David, kings and kingdoms and finally on into the Coming of Messiah. Israel was the Lampstand but that privilege was transferred to the church/body/ecclesia.
"Except you repent I will remove your Lampstand from its place" (to the Ephesian church in Revelation 2:5)
Interstingly enough, it is the Ephesians who, IMO, best tell the story of the ONE NEW MAN.
Begotten through the preaching of Paul, of Jews and Gentiles, Paul wrote the epistle to the Ephesians as unto Jews and Gentiles-expressing the One New Man-as the fulfilment of the purpose of the church.
"Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, unto a mature man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Messiah."
When Paul leaves for Rome, knowing he may never return he gathers the elders from Ephesus and leaves them with this exhortation.
"For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God. "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
"I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. "Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. "And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Apparently they did so. Many years later, when Jesus speaks to them through John, He commends them for having tested them who called themselves apostles but were not.
Yet, even so He has something against them for which the privilege of being a "Lampstand church", one upon which the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit abides in love and power.
"and great grace was upon them all and the word of the Lord grew and multiplied and great signs and wonders to place at the hands of the apostles and they were all as one soul and no one among them had any need and the Lord added to the church daily such as were appointed to deliverance."
The above paraphrase combining a couple verses in Acts is a description of a Lampstand church, which, in my opinion, is the manifestation of the ONE NEW MAN. A fulfillment of the "mature man" of Ephesians 4 .
I also think this is the "man-child" of Revelations 12. The church as a bride is gestating from her pastoral womb sons(mature disciples) to go forth in prophetic and evangelistic maturity to carry the battle to the enemy...."and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it(the church).....redeeming men through the ministry of reconciliation.
I also think this is the great angel with one foot on the land and one foot on the sea in Revelations 10- clothed in the clouds(great cloud of witnesses) head in heaven(seated in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus), little book in hand(the prophetic thread runs through Daniels little book, to the little book opened by the Lamb for Joh to receive his revelation, then on into the hand of the ONE NEW MAN, manifesting in power and maturity as he prophecies to nations and kings.
These pictures of the ecclesia, and process of maturing into the sons of God walking in the fulness of God are also richly embedded into the letter Paul wrote to the Ephesians:
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling(ministry of reconciliation), what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints(the character of Jesus), and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe(the anointing). These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ, for by grace you have been saved, and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
In other words the one new man is the mature manifestation of the church, operating in the Spirit together as members of one another under the Headship of Jesus.
"And the Lord worked with them, confirming the word with signs and wonders following."
I wrote some more on this in two consecutive posts starting at http://tentmaker.org/forum/book-of-revelation/the-body-of-christ-in-unity-in-john%27s-revelation/msg141562/#msg141562