Lesson 22 - The New Creation


Read 2 Corinthians 5: 17 and write it out. This is the heart of what we are going to discuss in this chapter. (Writing it out will help you to remember it!)



This is the miracle the natural man just doesn't understand. (Your old friends probably won't understand either.) It is a miracle of God's power that transforms us into new creations, as we begin to become the people that our Father really created us to be!


The old has gone

Before the scripture says "the new has come," it tells us "the old is gone." This is no accident. We can only live the new life when the old life is gone. We can only become a new creature when the old one has gone. How does this happen?


For through the law I died to the law so that I might life for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2: 19-20)


It was God's law that condemned us as sinners. All men are destined to die for their sin one day; that judgment is inevitable. We are never really free from sin until we have paid the price for it - death. To live free now, we must die to our sin and our old way of life. Until we do, it will always control us. This is what it means to die with Jesus in His crucifixion and be bom again - the old man is put to death with Him, and the new man is raised in Him. As we died in Jesus, we ended sin and death's reign in us. We are now alive in Jesus, and he lives and reigns in us. We are raised from our sentence of death just as He was raised from the grave that could not hold Him. This is the new birth.


Baptism

Water baptism is a demonstration of this dying and rebirth. The immersion in water signifies the dying of of the old man who served sin. The water also signifies cleansing and rebirth, as we come up again from the watery grave as a new creation.


Water baptism is an outward sign of an inner transformation. It is a profession of our faith, and Jesus commanded us to do this. But water baptism is NOT necessary for salvation. The baptism that saves us takes place in our hearts. Our salvation is a gift of God's mercy and does not depend on any outward ritual or work that we can do. The criminal on the cross next to Jesus had no time to be baptized in water before his death, yet Jesus told him certainly he would be in paradise that day (Luke 23: 32-43). he was baptized in his heart.


... all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death. We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we

too may live a new life. (Romans 6: 3-4)


Colossians 2: 12-13 tells us we have been ... buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and ... your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins...


Forgiven

One thing that is very important in living as a new creation is the assurance that we have been forgiven for all of our sin. The prince Jesus paid for us has removed our sins and for all time. God hr. to memory of our sins, as we live in

Jesus Christ.


In him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1: 7-8)


It is important to be sure of what God's Word tells us, because there is a liar who would love to convince you otherwise! We met Him way back in the Garden of Eden, His name is Satan.


In Revelation 12: in, Satan is described as the "accuser" of the believers. He will constantly bring up past sins and failures we have already been forgiven for, and try to make us feel guilty and condemned about them again. Satan

does this to try and separate us from God. If we do not have confidence in God's promise of forgiveness, then we will not come to God! And that is exactly what the devil wants. The way to defeat Satan is with God's Word. If you know what God's Word says, you will not believe Satan's lies.


    Read 1 John i: 9. What two things is God always faithful to do when we

    confess our sins to Him?



    Read Psalm 103: 12. How far has God remove our sins from us?



    How far away do you think that is?



"I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more." (Isaiah 43: 25)


God's forgiveness is complete - He doesn't even remember our sins. They have been paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ, and they simply don't exist anymore. When Satan tempts you feel condemned again, remember God's Word, and believe it! Our faith in God's Word is our victory, Your ammunition is in the Bible! Use it!


For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God. (1 Peter 1: 23)


Living as a new creation

We have been born again through God's living Word, Jesus Christ, and in the Word we finds the answers to our questions about living the new life. God has given us everything we need to live victoriously in this world, and His unfailing promises give us the hope we need to carry on. These promises in His Word are what we need to hold on to. The Bible holds the keys to living the new life.

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that

through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.   (2 Peter 1: 3-4)


Read the scripture above carefully! It contains a wealth of wisdom. We are told we have been given all we need to live a godly life through our KNOWLEDGE OF HIM. The knowledge of God has been revealed to us through His Word, and in studying His Word we get to know Him better. He has called us by His GLORY and GOODNESS. His glory speaks of who He is in all His holy majesty (chapter 1) and His goodness speaks of His love shown in His sacrifice for us (chapter 2). Through His PROMISES we are changed into the new man, which actually receives attributes of Christ's divine nature! (We have already seen many of His promises throughout all of the chapters, and we will see many more as we go on!) By our faith in His promises we leave the sinful desires of the old man behind.


... put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.   (Ephesians 4: 22b-23)


    Read Romans 8: 13-14. What must we do to have life?


    How do we put these misdeeds to death?


    Who are the sons (children) of God?



Led by the Spirit

Jesus Christ dwells in us through the Holy Spirit, and He also leads us and changes us through the Holy Spirit.


The Holy Spirit gives us power to live the new life.


    Read Galatians 5: 2-25.



    In verses 22& 23, what is the fruit of the Spirit in the new man?



    In verse 24, what have we who belong to Christ Jesus done?



    In verse 25, what else should we do?



To understand what it means to keep in step with the Spirit, we need to understand what the Spirit is doing, and where He is leading. Let's look at what Jesus told His disciples about the Spirit:


"... He ... will be in you." (John 14: 17b)


"...(He) will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said." (John 14: 26b)


"... He will testify about Me..." (John 15: 26b)


"... He will guide you into alltruth." (John 16: 13a)


"He will bring glory to Me..." (John 16: 14a)


The Holy Spirit in us puts our focus on Jesus Christ, and glorifies Him. If we are "in step" with the Spirit, our hearts will be fixed on Jesus, and our greatest desire will be to get closer to Him. We will be determined to eliminate

anything that gets in the way of our relationship with Him. As we see sin in our life, or attitudes of the "old man" crop up, we will quickly put those things to death. We must always seek to keep our hearts and minds trained on Jesus Christ and His glory. This is the key to power to live the.new life.


Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set you hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of the God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3: 1-4)


The promise of glory

Read this last scripture carefully. This describes what new life in Christ is all about. Because we are now new creations, we look to our new home in heaven, and to our new reigning King, Jesus Christ. Our true eternal life in

glory is not now revealed in this world, but we know that when Jesus returns we will appear with Him in Glory! This is one of the many great promises in the Bible! Hoping in His promises gives us strength to live as new creations, and let the old self die. So set your heart on those etemal things!


The promise of victory

... everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (1 John 5: 4)


Faith in God is the victory that overcomes the world. We musi put our trust in God alone, because it is only He who can do this mighty work in our lives. We can completely rely on Him to complete the work that He has started! After all, HE PROMISED!


... He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ. (Phillipians 1: 6)


We will study more about living the new life in the next set of lessons. Tomorrow we start on our five daily devos! Remember to pray!