A New Creation
“And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.” (Luke 5:33)
In our series “A Revolution of Love” we’re exploring the realities of the kingdom message Jesus came to proclaim: The gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a radical departure from the system of religious rules and regulations that the Pharisees taught. It literally rocked the world!
We’ve looked at how the gospel message brought to mankind…
We’ll finish up this week with the fact that the gospel also makes us a New Creation:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor 5:17)
The word “therefore”…
There’s a bible study rule that states “whenever you see the word therefore, you want to find out what it’s there for.” So let’s do that.
The word “therefore” refers us back to verses 14-16 where Paul explains that upon salvation, the believer “died with Christ and no longer live for themselves.” The “death” is that of the old sin nature which was nailed to the cross with Christ. It was buried with Him. Had Christ stayed dead, we would be hopeless. But He didn’t, He was raised up by the power of God (Rom 8:11)
And, just as Jesus was raised up by the Father, so are we raised up to “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). That new person that was raised up is what Paul refers to in 2 Corinthians 5:17 as the “new creation.”
A New Thing…
To understand this new creation, first we must recognize that this creation was something created by God. John 1 tells us that this new birth was brought about by the will of God.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)
In other words, we didn’t inherit this new nature. We didn’t decide to re-create ourselves anew, nor did God simply clean up our old nature; When we accepted Christ, God created something entirely fresh and unique – a new man / new woman, with the nature of Christ, and imbued with the power of God.
Man cannot reform himself into this creation, only the Creator Himself can accomplish such a feat.
Why is it important to understand this? Because Proverbs 23:7 tells us:
For as he thinks within himself, so he is. (Prod 23:7)
If a new believer doesn’t understand that they are a new creation, imbued with the nature of Christ, and the power of God, they may well continue to live in the ways that they knew before Christ; Depending on their own strength, walking according to their own understanding.
Just like the homeless man who inherited one million dollars; Because he didn’t know, he continued to live on the street. But once he discovered that he has a vast financial resource, his life changed.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3)
We can change the world, one life at a time…