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HIS OLD FRIENDS
A STUDY OF WHAT
TO ALL MANKIND
BY A PLAIN MAN, WHO HAS ABOUT FINISHED
ENTIRELY UNLIKE THOSE OF
Wandering in the wilderness,
Purified through suffering-
lastly exemplifies and illustrates
REGENERATED MAN, "BORN AGAIN
Redeemed, and made free through Truth-Spirit.
“Ye shall know the Truth—(Spirit)
PROPORTIONAL MAN; HIS SELFHOOD.
This idea is derived from an experience that came to the author in his early life, though not then comprehended. It is supported by observations and recollections during seventy years, while controlled by the “Unreliable.”
Spiritual Man, does not plan, scheme or plot, but his thoughts are in accord with Spirit, God, whose likeness he is.
1st Line-Fleshly man; man that is born of woman; of few days; flesh and blood; the temporary home of both the human mind and the Spiritual Man; the house which neither sees, hears nor understands; the “flesh which profiteth nothing;" like a cancelled envelope; rubbish after having served its purpose. (Ps. 103: 14, 15, 16.)
2nd Line-Reasoning man; the schemer; the unlikeness of God; the Adam-man-married to a part of his own humanity (his “rib”); the carnal mind, not subject to the law of Good; the blind assuming to lead the blind; the Sinner; the Cain; selfish; crooked; impure; presumptuous; changeable; a temporary usurper; sometimes right, but more frequently wrong; placing "knowledge" before wisdom; boastful; proud (See 1st Tim. 6:4 and 5);* willing to confer with Satan; seeing his wants but not knowing his needs; "darkness rather than light”; a dealer in troubles; a money changer; developing and decaying, as the man of dust, for he is born of the flesh and would defile the temple of the living God. This is the "unreliable" self.
The 1st and 2nd lines relate to humanity—that is, the human body and the physical senses.
3rd Line—The Real MAN, having Life eternal; the image and likeness of God; the “inner man”; “Spirit”; the perfect and immortal; the apparent "sleeper” that must be awakened; the new man; the True Man; the Christ-like element which must have dominion over
*He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings. Perverse disputes of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness. (1 Tim. 6:4-5.)