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New Creations

 

(2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

 

This is a very familiar verse for many Christians. And as we look at it today I want us to examine this verse on three levels. The first level will be one of someone who has not been “born again.” These people may not even know what it means to be “born again.”  The second examination will be on the level of those who have come to the knowledge of Jesus as their savior and believe in Him but are not completely “in Him.” More about that will be explained as we go along. The third level is for those who have long studied the word and are in Christ and desire the meat of this passage. The trick is to keep each level of people involved throughout the entire conversation.

 

So we begin with the suggestion that someone reading this is coming for the first time into the knowledge that they are a sinner, in need of a savior, and that Jesus died to pay the price of their sins. This person has a regular job and a regular family. Times may be hard at the moment but they have been through worse. Let’s suggest that this person asks Jesus to forgive them of their sins and welcomes Him into their heart for the first time.

 

At that very moment they are born again. Now, exactly what that means and the importance of it, not many even self proclaiming Christians really know. Let’s look at what Jesus Himself said about it as He talked to a fellow Jew who had great authority in his time.

 

(John 3:1-3 KJV)  There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 

Jesus goes on to try to explain this idea of being born again, yet I do not believe that Nicodemus came at that time to fully understand it’s meaning. You really can not blame Him, from an unbelievers point of view it makes little sense. Most people in the world today see and understand the world only upon what they can actually see with their physical eyes. Spiritual things are little discussed, and if they are, they are turned to pop psychology and brought down to a conscious understanding.

 

So let’s go back to our person who just “got saved.” This idea of salvation, and being born again, and all things becoming new, to this young Christian can be all so daunting. And yet it is this very idea of a new beginning that ignites the spark within the soul of each of us to reach upward towards our higher calling.

 

Now, our new Christian came to Christ with a certain personality and temperament. We talked once about the five temperaments of people:

 

·  Sanguine quick, impulsive, and relatively short-lived reactions.

·  Phlegmatic a longer response-delay, but short-lived response

·  Choleric short response time-delay, but response sustained for a relatively long time.

·  Melancholic (Also called "Melancholy")

·    Supine, which means “with the face upwards,


This person is going to leave for this experience of rebirth with the same temperament. This person is going to go back to the same job, the same family problems and the same life challenges. So what then has become new?

 

Now, I want us to look at our passage of study once again:

 

(2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

There is two ways that you can look from this and gain insight from both. This passage can be for you either a “Test,” or a “Testimony,” or both. Looking at it as a test you might want to ask yourself if anything has really become new in your life or not. Looking at it as a testimony you can use it to help fulfill your higher calling.

 

So what has changed in your life? Without letting you off the hook too easily you have to first realize that the change that takes place upon your moment of salvation is not so much you, but completely the way G-D looks at you. The truth is that each of us are going to face the judgment seat of G-D. The clearly Bible tells us this, and there is nothing on earth that contradicts this truth that we were appointed once to die and then the judgment.

 

(Hebrews 9:27 KJV)  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

 

 

I do not care how much you try to rationalize or imagine your way out of this truth, if you do not come to this one realization, you will be in for a great shock when that day appears.

 

Even within the context of our passage we are told this very thing.

 

(2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV)  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

 

This can be a very dreadful day for anyone who is not under the atonement. For it was Christ Himself that died, that all of our sins would be not only covered up, but that the price would be completely paid. Now G-D no longer looks upon us in our sinful state, but He sees us though the lenses of His Son. At the moment of your salvation, it is as if G-D puts on Son glasses and no longer sees any of your sins. Behold, the old things have passed away and all things have become new.

 

If you have never experienced this rebirth then today is the day of your salvation. I plead with you to ask right now for the Father’s forgiveness and that you would accept Jesus as your personal savior. Simply pray with me this simple prayer:

 

“My heavenly Father forgive me. Jesus; come into my heart and make all things new. I accept you as LORD and you are now in me and I am in you. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I am yours. I am yours. I am yours. Amen”

 

 (And just in case you didn’t know “amen” means “So be it.” Or “And that’s final.” It is your stamp of belief.)

 

OH, how the angels in heaven rejoice over one person praying that prayer.

 

Now let us go deeper into the life of the average “Christian.” In this nation today it is estimated that 90% believe in G-D, and 80% call themselves “Christians. Yet there is only 8% that attend any church service on a regular basis. (Not that you have to attend a church service to be a real Christian, but it sure helps.)

 

So this new believer goes back to his job on Monday and what has changed? He opens the door to his house and what has changed? He checks his check book and what has changed? 

 

G-D does not change the environment to influence the person; He changes the person to influence the environment.

 

Let me say that again: It is not the world or even your temperament that is changed, if you are a sanguine before salvation, chances are real good that you are going to be a sanguine after salvation.

 

The difference is now, not only how G-D looks at you but it is how you look at everything else. You now have got a new Spirit within you. You now have the choice to put on the Son-glasses and look at life through an eternal perspective. You have the same knowledge that you had before, the same upbringing, the same body. The difference how you now look at life.

 

My very secular boss, who I am quite sure is a scientologist. Talked this past week about how each of us have this “being.” It is really “who we are.” Then just below that is our “doing.” It is when we align the “doing,” with the “being” that we get the “having,” that we desire. (sounds like scientology ballyhoo to me) But there is some truth to it.

 

The whole thing comes down to where your “being” is; or better yet who you “being” is in. I talk a lot about how we need to have, not only faith in Jesus, but we have to have the faith of Jesus. This ides of actually “being in” Jesus goes even deeper then both. And it is exactly this being in Jesus that Jesus Himself prayed for us.

 

(John 17:23 KJV)  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

 

Is this verse a test, or is it your testimony? If you really want to behold all things new then you need to be “in Christ.”  And that is more then being baptized in the Spirit, that is more then saying the prayer of salvation, that is working our your salvation daily with fear and trembling, that is having the mind of Christ, that is living for Him and actually being the man or woman that He has called you to be.

 

Let me close by once again looking at our scripture passage.

 

 (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

The word I want you to meditate upon this week is “become.” Notice that it says “all thing are become new.” First of all we would think that it is bad grammar. How can things “are become?” Wouldn’t you say “have become?” the key to your transformation is the realization that all things “are become new.” Real quick look at the Greek word for become:

γίνομαι

ginomai

ghin'-om-ahee

A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be (“gen” -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being)…

 

What I want you to notice is the fact that this word is “a prolonged and middle form.” It means that it is first of all passive. And secondly that it both already took place and is continuing to occur. 

 

What I want us to do is to read down the passage without separating the 5th verse from the 6th. There was no separation when Paul wrote the letter.

 

(2 Corinthians 6:2 KJV)  (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

 

G-D is inviting you into a deeper walk with Him today. Today, right now you can behold all things new. Right now is the moment of your salvation.  Open the eyes of you heart and see the eternal purpose that G-D has designed you for. You are touching lives every day and every day you are changing the world. The new spirit that G-D has placed with-in has the power to create worlds.

 

Be in Christ today.