THE FIVE-FOLD REDEMPTION OF MAN
by Bill Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
Man is a five-part being, which consists of his
spirit, soul (mind, emotions and will) and the body of flesh.
Gods plan of redemption makes provision for the whole man.
The redemption of our spirit comes when we are born again.
The redemption of our soul comes in the process of sanctification.
The redemption of our body is completed at the resurrection (rapture)
of the Church (see 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:35-54).
The redemption of the soul is that which we, as Christians, struggle with the most. The mind (thinking process) must be renewed so that it is no longer thinking carnally.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 8:5-7 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
The carnal mind must be brought into subjection to the law (word) of God. This process requires the discipline to monitor our thoughts so that they line up with the will (word) of God.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
The emotions must not be allowed to rule over us. Carnal emotion will lead us into all manner of sin (Galatians 5:19-21). Fear is also an emotion that should not rule over us. We can overcome carnal emotions by ruling over them by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:12-14 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Galatians 5:16-17 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
If we do this our emotions will be under the rule of the Spirit, and we will have the fruit of the Spirit, which will control our emotions.
Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christs have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
We bring our will (choices) into submission to God by always choosing to do the will of God. Gods will is outlined in His word, and we are to be doers of the Word.
James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
John 14:23-24 Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Fathers who sent Me.
Gods grace (empowerment) enables us to overcome Satans temptations to our flesh. This great victory for mankind was provided at the Cross of Calvary.
Colossians 2:13-15 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
The Cross is a symbol of the five-fold redemption of man. The Cross provides us five points of the revelation of redemption. Five is the number of grace by which we are redeemed. These five points relate not only to the redemption of man, but also the application of the five-fold ministry to bring the Body of Christ by grace into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ fully redeemed.
Ephesians 4:11-13 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
The Five Points of the Cross and Redemption
1. The base of the Cross, which touches the earth, represents the redemption of the body. The blood of Jesus ran down the cross to the earth and gave mankind a place of entrance into the kingdom of God (John 1:12-13). If one continues to live in obedience to the Lord and endures to the end of his life as an overcomer, his body will become immortal (glorified) and enter into eternal life at the resurrection. (See Matthew 10:22 and Revelation 2:11 and 26).
The base of the Cross is the place of the ministry of the Evangelist. Evangelism (witnessing) is the work of the Spirit that brings people into the kingdom of God (Acts 1:8 and Mark 16:15-20).
2. The point of the crosspiece on Christs left hand represents the redemption of the emotions. This is the place of the ministry of the Pastor. Pastoral care, for the most part, has to do with bringing stability to the emotions of man. This is accomplished through preaching the word of comfort, prayer for the flock, and counseling by the Spirit of God.
3. The point of the crosspiece on Christs right hand represents the redemption (renewing) of the mind. This is the place of the ministry of the Teacher. The teacher will teach the Word of God by an in-depth expounding of the Word. This teaching (through the Spirit) will reveal the mind of Christ to Gods people (1 Corinthians 2:6-13). Anointed teaching will facilitate a renewing of the mind according to the Word of God.
4. The point where the vertical and horizontal pieces cross (the heart of Christ) represents the redemption of the will of man. Those who have the heart of Jesus will also desire, as He did, to do the will of the Father (Matthew 26:42 and Hebrews 10:9). This is the place of ministry of the Prophet. The prophet gives testimony to the proceeding word of Christ to His Church. The (present) testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy. Prophecy gives us opportunity to know and do the will of God as He leads us and guides us.
The prophetic office is at the center of the Cross so that it can flow into the other offices and cause them to also be prophetic. Every office should be prophetic in nature, and if they are, then the Church will be supernatural.
5. At the top point of the cross is the spirit of man, connected to heaven by the Holy Spirit. This connection gives our spirit eternal perspective through spiritual vision. This is the place of the ministry of the Apostle. The apostle keeps the Church connected to heavens glory and Gods purposes with wisdom to identify the present visitation of God to His people, and keeps the Church on track according to Gods purposes. The apostle also has the ability to impart spiritual gifting and power to mans spirit, thus the spirit of man is perfected and empowered for the work of the ministry.
The Cross is a symbol of the five-fold redemption of man, and when the process of
Calvary is adhered to we will all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
If you desire to have fuller understanding of the power of the blood of the Cross, read Embracing Jesus at http://ft111.com/embracing.htm .