“Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh:yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh,yet now henceforth know we him no more [after the flesh].” (2nd Corinthians 5:16)

Adam and Eve had a good perspective (a proper viewpoint) while they walked in the garden with their Creator.  When they sinned, their perspective became convoluted (twisted).  Their powers of observation were damaged.  

If you were to take a walk in a field or forest, or even on the street where you live, and came across a large tree such as the one pictured above and you walked up to it, you would observe exactly what was right in front of you.  If you took a few steps to the left or to the right still facing the tree, you would have a different viewpoint, a different perspective.  Now you move again, stepping  backwards but still looking at the tree, again, your perspective would change.

This is what happens to us when we stop centering on God.  When we move either to the left, to the right, or we move backwards, we move away from God and our perspective changes.  When we are one-with-Him our perspective (our viewpoint) is the same as His.  So what does this have to do with what the  Apostle Paul was saying in the above scripture?

From now on we are to regard no one according to the flesh.  In other words, we are not to look at people as we did before our conversion with our sin-filled perspective. Now that we are born again, we are not to look upon others as their being Chinese, Jewish, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Latino, Muslim, etc., you get the idea.  Instead, we are to look at other people from God’s perspective:  Is this person converted or unconverted?

God has given us His Spirit and a new perspective,a new point-of-view.  In the scripture portion “though we have known Christ after the flesh” the  Apostle Paul, the converted new-man, is saying that at one time he looked at Jesus ‘according to the flesh.’  Before his conversion, Paul believed Jesus was a false prophet, a false messiah, the worst example of a Hebrew ever to live, and he hated everything about him.  After his conversion, Paul’s perspective became his Heavenly Father’s perspective and he realized that Jesus was indeed the Savior.  Same Paul with a new mind (a born-again mind) – his perspective had changed!

Thinking again about that tree.  Where do you stand?  Are you looking full-on standing face-to-face with the Living God, never wavering in your position?  Or have you changed your perspective, your viewpoint of what it is that He wants from His children?  Sometimes we get off track, we move when we are out of His will; but, because of God’s grace and favor on His children, He will always bring us back.


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