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One of the great and remarkable results of the works of Jesus Christ in the believer’s life is the new creation. It is the change and transformation in the life of a forgiven sinner in union with Christ. The new creation showcases Christ’s wonderful blessings to anyone united with him. It is an amazing spiritual change to a Christian life from the life of sin. Paul, who experienced the new creation declares to the believers at Corinth, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”, ( 2 Corinthians 5:17). In this passage, we can ask several questions regarding the essential facts about the new creation made available through Christ.
What happened to the old?
Before the new creation or the new things comes, the old has gone. What happened to the old creation? What happened to the old self or the old man? The old self was dead and it was gone because:
1. It was crucified
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin — because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. (Romans 6:6-7 NIV)
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)
As Jesus Christ was crucified for sinners, the sinner’s old self was also crucified with him to end or put to death that self, ruled and enslaved by sin. Death will bring freedom from captivity and dominion of sin. The new creation is the result of the crucifixion and death of the old self. The new self will come if the old self is gone or dead.
2. It was condemned
For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh. (Romans 8:3 NIV)
The old self chained by sin and the appetite of the flesh was crucified and condemned to die on the cross so that judgment and sin’s death penalty will no longer be applied to anyone who believes and is united with Christ (Romans 8:1-2) (Romans 8:34). God take and canceled the charge of man’s legal indebtedness, which stood against and condemned him by nailing and condemning it on the cross (Colossians 2:14). The new creation is the result of the condemnation and death of the old self. When the old self is gone, the new self will indeed come.
What new things would come?
The old has gone and the new is here demonstrates new aspects and characteristics of the new creation in Christ. The new creation is the new self, produced in union with Christ. When the new creation arrives, it will bring new things to the life of a believer united in Christ. What would be the new things to come in the life of anyone who believes and is united with Christ?
1. A new identity
So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (Galatians 3:26-27 NIV)
The new thing that would come to all believers is a new identity. The old creation identity is gone and the new creation identity has come. They will become children of God by believing and receiving Jesus (John 1:12-13). They will no longer be foreigners and strangers but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19). They are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and God’s special possession (1 Peter 2:9). They have been set free from sin and become slaves to righteousness and slaves of God (Romans 6:18, 22). They are the church or the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27) (Ephesians 1:22-23). This new identity from sinner to saint is only available in Christ.
2. A new nature
Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:4 NIV)
The new thing that would come to all believers is a new nature. The old self possesses the sinful nature or the so-called flesh which wage war against God’s law and the Spirit of God (Romans 7:25) (Galatians 5:16-17). The sinful or the fallen nature will only obey the dictates of sin for it is a slave to the law of sin (Romans 7:25). The new nature that would come to anyone who believes and is united with Christ is the divine or the spiritual nature. A new nature capable to please God and capable to resist sin and the flesh. It is the very nature of God in Christ Jesus.
3. A new lord and master
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. (2 Corinthians 4:5 NIV)
The new thing that would come to all believers is the new lord or master. The old self is chained, governed, and blinded by the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4). It is a slave to the law of sin (Romans 7:25). It is a servant of money and material things (Matthew 6:24). The old self is a slave or prisoner of Satan and sin, and it will only obey his master’s desires. It will only gratify the appetites of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). The believers in union with Christ will have Jesus Christ as his new lord and master, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16). They have a new lord and master to obey and please since Christ liberates and defeats their old lord and master (Romans 6:18, 22).
4. A new strength and power
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NIV)
And his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 1:19 NIV)
The new thing that would come to all believers is the new strength and power. The old self is powerless to resist Satan and sin for it is in their captivity and enslavement. But when a sinner believes and is united with Christ, he can freedom from the slavery of Satan and sin and can have the strength and power to resist and overcome their orders and commands (James 4:7) (1 Peter 5:9). They have the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm them (Luke 10:19). They can have resistance against the flesh, temptation, and all forms of testing and trials. The new great strength and power in the believer’s life is the same power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.
5. A new mind and understanding
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (Ephesians 1:17 NIV)
The new thing that would come to all believers is a new mind and understanding. The mind of the old self, governed by the flesh is hostile to God and does not submit to God's law (Romans 8:7). It can never understand the things, the purpose, and the plan of God. It will always rebel against the will and commands of God. But when the new creation comes in union with Christ, the believers will have a new mind to know and understand the perfect will of God (Romans 12:2). With the new mind and understanding, a believer is capable to know God better and understand his works and purpose through the injecting of God’s wisdom and revelations.
6. A new enemies
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 NIV)
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. (John 15:19 NIV)
The new thing that would come to all believers is the new enemies. The friends of the old self will be his new enemies if he is united with Christ (James 4:4). When the new creation has come, Satan and his evil forces, and the world will be the new enemies of the believers. A new battle and war will happen between God’s kingdom and Satan’s kingdom. As the believers desire to obey the will of God and fulfill the Great Commission, the forces of evil will strongly oppose the accomplishment of the will of God and the advancement of God’s kingdom. But the forces of darkness are already a defeated foe through the cross. Jesus defeats Satan and his kingdom and the victory is invested to all believers or the church. They are more than conquerors through Christ who loved them (Romans 8:37).
7. A new purpose
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV)
The new thing that would come to all believers is a new purpose. The old self’s objective and purpose are only to please and obey Satan, sin, and the flesh (Ephesians 2:1-4). It can never obey and please God (Romans 8:8). It will only satisfy the desires and cravings of its master and lord. But through unity with Christ, the believers will have a new purpose and goal in life. Their purpose is to glorify God and their new Lord. Their objective is to obey God's will and to please God. They intend to carry God’s love and salvation to the lost humanity to reconcile them back to God.
8. A new destination
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1-4 NIV)
The new thing that would come to all believers is the new destination. The old self destiny is destruction (Philippians 3:19), condemnation (Romans 5:18), death (Romans 6:23), and eternal pain and separation from God (Luke 16:19-31) (Revelation 20:14). But when the new creation takes place to anyone united with Christ, he will have a new destination. A kingdom as inheritance prepared for them since the creation of the world (Matthew 25:34). The house of God or the heavenly dwelling. A place where God lives, and where Jesus prepared rooms for his believers and disciples.
Who needs to become new?
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 NIV)
Man whether great or small, rich or poor, famous or not famous, wise or ignorant, all have sinned and fallen short or separated from God’s glory and presence. Sins contaminate and pollute man before God. All sinners need to become new and need to be cleaned and purified from sin through the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7). If anyone or any sinner turned to Christ he is a new creation.
How to become new?
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”, ( 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
If anyone is in Christ, denotes an entrance to Christ or in union with Christ. To become a new creation, a sinner must be united to Christ or must possess Christ. A sinner can only be united to Christ by being forgiven (1 John 1:9), by faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:26), and by being born again or through the new birth (John 3:3).
Why does a man need to become new?
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NIV)
There are lots of reasons why a man must experience the new creation in Christ. But the most important reason is to reconcile with God and escape from the sin’s death penalty. Jesus came down to earth to be the way or link to God so that anyone separated from God can return to God’s presence and fellowship. An alienated sinner from God will be condemned unless he is reconnected to God through the reconciliation made available by the redemption provided by Christ at the cross. Condemnation and the death penalty will devour any sinner unless he is united with Christ (Romans 8:1-2). If a man remains in the old self, corrupted by sin and the flesh, he can never be reconciled to God and can never escape from the sin’s penalty. A man needs to become new to be reunited with God and avoid eternal pain and ruin.
When to become new?
But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:40-43 NIV)
When the moment a guilty sinner turned to Christ through faith and repentance just like what one of the criminals did on the cross, he will become a new creation of God. He will escape God’s wrath, condemnation, and sin’s death penalty, and will be with his new Lord and Savior. Being united with Christ is a decision and choice to make.
The world is contaminated and separated from God by sin. The unclean world looks undesirable to God and worthy to be condemned and judged. But through the great love and mercy of God man can escape judgment and can have cleansing and purification through Christ's redeeming works on the cross. If a man decided to be united with Christ in faith and repentance, he will become a new creation and escape the death penalty, and be reconciled with God. New things will come to him as the old things have gone.
© 2022 Rosualdo Ponce