See also Woman.
Bibliography: J. G. Machen, The Christian View of Man, 1937; G. L. Carey, I Believe in Man, 1977; H. D. McDonald, The Christian View of Man, 1981.——PT
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
Generally described, the "new man" is man as he becomes under the transforming power of the, contrasted with man as he is by nature. The phrase has (1) its Biblical, and (2) its theological, meanings.
I. Biblical Meaning.
There are four Biblical contrasts which must be considered as opposites:
(1) the "old man" (palaios anthropos) and the "new man" (neos anthropos or kainos anthropos);
(2) the "outward man" (exoanthropos) and the "inward man" (esoanthropos);
(3) the "carnal man" (sarkikos anthropos) and the "spiritual man" (pneumatikos anthropos);
(4) the "natural man" (psuchikos anthropos) and the "spiritual man" (pneunatikos anthropos).
These are not four different sorts of men, but four different sorts of man. Take up these antitheses in their reverse order, so as to arrive at some clear and impressive conception of what the Biblical writer means by the "new man."
The "inward man" is a designation of human nature viewed as internally and centrally regenerated, as contrasted with the "outward man" (
3. The New Man:
The "new man" is an appellation yielded by the contrasted idea of the "old man" (
In thethere are 5 different verbs used to express the action put forth in making the "old man" a "new man."
II. Theological Meaning.
The "new man" is the converted, regenerated man. The phrase has its significance for the great theological doctrine of regeneration as it expands into the broad work of sanctification. Is the sinner dead? Regeneration is a new life. Is holiness non-existent in him? Regeneration is a new creation. Is he born in sin? Regeneration is a new birth. Is he determined by his fallen, depraved nature? Regeneration is a spiritual determination. Is he the subject of carnal appetites? Regeneration is a holy appetency. Is he thought of as the old sinful man? Regeneration is a new man. Is the sinful mind blind? Regeneration is a new understanding. Is the heart stony? Regeneration is a heart of flesh. Is the conscience seared? Regeneration is a good conscience. Is the will impotent? Regeneration is a new impotentiation. The regenerated man is a man with a new governing disposition--a "new man," an "inward man," a "spiritual man."
(1) The "New Man"--the Regenerate Man--Is Not a Theological Transubstantiation:
A being whose substance has been supernaturally converted into some other sort of substance.
(2) He Is Not a Scientific Transmutation:
A species of one kind which has been naturally evolved into a species of another kind.
(3) He Is Not a Metaphysical Reconstruction:
Being with a new mental equipment.
(4) He Is an Evangelical Convert:
An "old man" with a new regnant moral disposition, an "outward man" with a new inward fons et origo of moral life; a "natural man" with a new renovated spiritual heart.