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New creatures in Christ

Discussion in 'For New Christians' started by Mandy, May 2, 2002.

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  1. Mandy

    Mandy Well-Known Member

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

    Everyone who is "in Christ," through faith in His name, is a "new creation." We are new people. We are no longer who we were before we put our trust in the Lord Jesus. We are not the old person reformed or improved; we are a "new creation." Yes, we have the same body, but that is a mere tent in which we dwell. "For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" (2 Corinthians 5:1). Some day in glory, we will trade this temporal, earthly tent for an eternal heavenly one. Meanwhile, though we live in the same old tent we had in Adam, we are new tenants, a "new creation." We may have the same old physical brain, but we are learning to think an entirely new way. "We have the mind of Christ... be transformed by the renewing of your mind! " (Romans 12:2 and 1 Corinthians 2:16). Christ lives in us, and His Spirit also dwells in us. His Spirit takes the word of God and unfolds the thinking of our Lord for us. As we embrace God's way of thinking more and more, we are transformed to walk in the newness that is ours in "in Christ."

    In all the ways that matter before God, "old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." The old guilt is replaced by new forgiveness. "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus... in whom we have... the forgiveness of sins" (Romans 8:1 and Colossians 1:14).

    The old foolishness is replaced by new wisdom. "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God... But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God" (1 Corinthians 3:19 and 1 Corinthians 1:30). The old unrighteousness is replaced with new righteousness. "All our righteousnesses are like filthy rags... For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (Isaiah 64:6 and 2 Corinthians 5:21). The old hope of changing (self-help) is replaced by new hope of changing (sanctification, God changing us). "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength... You are in Christ Jesus, who became for us... sanctification" (Jeremiah 17:5 and 1 Corinthians 1:30). This is grace upon grace.
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  2. Chris†opher Paul

    Chris†opher Paul Based on a True Story

    Nice post Mandy. :)
  3. Kristen

    Kristen Blah Blah

    I agree!
  4. Rob

    Rob Regular Member

    Great post Mandy. Its funny I just finished reading Bill Brights email on that same subject a few minutes ago. Here it is:

    The exchanged life

    From Dr. Bill Bright
    Founder and Chairman
    Campus Crusade for Christ International

    Dear friends:

    One of the most profound and life-transforming, yet little-emphasized
    truths of the Bible is that of the "exchanged" life.

    The apostle Paul described it this way: "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 2:20).

    Paul said, "I no longer live." His new reality was "Christ lives in
    me." That is the exchanged life. Paul exchanged his weak, impotent,
    sinful life for that of the risen, sinless, holy Son of God. Such
    should be the reality for all believers. It is no longer I who lives,
    but Christ who lives in me.

    That is the way I live moment by moment: Christ in me. I am just a suit
    of clothes for Him. By faith, I have exchanged my own life of failures
    and defeat for His life of victory, love and joy. That is how the
    exchanged life results in the abundant life, which Jesus promises. Bill
    Bright no longer lives; it is Christ who lives in me.

    Christ is my life, and I do not have any rights. That makes a
    revolutionary difference in my lifestyle. For example, I Corinthians
    13:5 says that love, "will hardly even notice when others do it wrong"
    (LB). Many times people have criticized and attacked me. But it is
    almost as though they are talking about somebody else. I try always to
    respond with love. But that response is not Bill Bright, because by my
    former nature I would be very prone to react to get even. But with
    Christ living in me, it is not I, but Christ who enables me to live
    above circumstances and pressures of the world system. So, I cannot get
    any credit.

    Paul was also inspired by the Holy Spirit to write, "Since you have been
    raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of
    heaven, where Christ sits at God's right hand in the place of honor and
    power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things
    down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is
    hidden with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:1-3, NLT).

    We were crucified with Christ. We died with Him. Our life is now
    hidden with Him, and He lives in us and we are seated with Him in the
    heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).

    Remember this marvelous truth when your old carnal, worldly nature with
    its pride and lusts tries to resurrect and manifest itself. Just remind
    yourself that your old nature is dead, and it is now Christ who lives in
    you. Then you will begin to experience the abundant life you may have
    never known before.

    Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission
    each year until our Lord returns,

    Bill Bright
  5. Mandy

    Mandy Well-Known Member

  6. Blessed-one

    Blessed-one a long journey ahead

    a new creation!! yes!
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