What Is A New Creation In Christ?

What Is A New Creation In Christ? October 31, 2018

The Bible says we are to be new creations of Christ, and we put on the new self, so how’s that possible?

The Old Self

Years ago, when I came to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, I was sick and tired of my old life, my old sins, and my old self. It was obviously the conviction of the Holy Spirit that brought me to a recognition that I was abiding in the wrath of God since I had yet not trusted in Christ (John 3:36b). I realized I would not be able to stand on my own on the Day of Judgment (Rev 20:12-15), but I also understood that “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom10:9), and I did confess that; publically at baptism and publically among my friends and family. By the way, this new birth was not my own idea (John3:3-7; Eph 1). It was the Spirit of God Who taught me; the Son of God Who bought me; and the Father God Who sought me (John 6:44). All Three Persons of the Trinity were all actively involved in my conversion, so I thought, “Now what?”

The New Self

The Apostle Paul had a lot to say about the new and old, as in the new man and woman, and the old man and woman. He wrote, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Col 3:1-2). Some of this came naturally. For example, I no longer desired to participate or watch sinful activities and I began to think about what Christ taught in His Word. I was drawn to the Gospel of John. My mind slowly began to shift from the things below to the things on high, but even this is to His glory, for none seeks after God (Rom 3:10-12) without the Spirit of God, so “those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit” (Rom 8:5b) and not the things of the flesh…at least not as much as I did before regeneration. Only by the Spirit of God can we “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Col 3:5). A new creation in Christ “must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth” (Col 3:8). As we put those things away, we “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” (Col 3:12-13). Those were all new to me, just as the others were now all old to me (Col 3:5). I still fall. We all do, but we get back up, repent of it, and confess it to God, and move on. The old self never even gave things like that a second thought. The new self now has disgust when those things come to the surface.

A New Creation

Once again, the Apostle Paul writes about the new man or woman, so to speak, although we recognize we can do nothing without Christ’s help (John 15:5), and anything of consequence that we do, is because Christ’s strengthening us (Phil 4:13). We can do all things, but only through Christ. Those things we do for Christ will obviously be God’s will, but we must also see that we can do absolutely nothing without Christ. Having understood this, Paul says that “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 old things (Col 3:5) are slowly replaced by the new things (Col 3:12-13). There will never be a point of sinless-ness this side of the kingdom, but we should be sinning less over time. This “new creation” is not of human origin, but has its origin outside of ourselves. After we trust in Christ, the wrath of God has been lifted, and we are no longer condemned and can be at peace with God (Rom 5:1, 8:1), however, it was not by our works or effort, or for our sakes that God cleansed us (Eph 2:8-9), but rather, it was “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor 5:21). Without the righteousness of Christ, we cannot stand before God, even with the best of good works. Without Christ, our works are nothing more than filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Those who are boasting about their works may be those that Christ rejects on the Day of Judgment, and it won’t be just a few; it will be many! The many verses the few (Matt 7:21-23). Naturally, a new creation in Christ will do works for Christ’s glory, but they will do them with the understanding that their works don’t save them. They are saved to do works (Eph 2:10), but not saved by works, however, if there are no works, then that presents a problem. The person might have a dead faith, which is no faith at all (James 2:14-26).

Works and Rewards

Jesus said that we should not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing (Matt 6:3), meaning we shouldn’t keep track of all we do for Christ. If we remember our good works, and don’t let others forget about them, then God may forget them, but if we forget them, God will remember them. We see this indicated in Matthew 25 where believers were so Christ-centered and mission-oriented, that they didn’t even realize all that they had done for Him (Matt 25:25-39), but Christ told them “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40). And that is in radical contrast for those who do nothing for Him (Matt 25:31-46). Will you hear, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matt 25:34), or “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt 25:41).

Conclusion

If we are a new creation in Christ, we will do new things for Christ. We will do new things by the power of the Holy Spirit and the strengthening of Christ, but we will also stop the old things we used to do and stop feeding the flesh. Of course we’ll still sin, but we will sin less in our Christian life over time than when we were without Christ. We get a call from Copernicus, telling us we’re not the center of the universe. The Son is the center…the Son of God. As John the Baptist put is so well: “He must increase; I must decrease” (John 3:30). I fine with that.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    “What is a new creation in christ?”

    It’s more of your mindless, thoughtless, inane, infantile gibberish.

    There is no rational reason why anyone should care what the “buybull” says. Worse, no one should buy into your selective reading of that absurd work of fiction that ONLY highlights the yummy nice crap and willfully and totally ignores the rest. Are you in favor of slavery jack? Stoning insolent children? Mixing fabric or eating shrimp? Did you forget that you’re commanded to obey ALL the law?

    There is absolutely NO 1st century contemporary evidence that ANY such individual name of jesus ever existed. This is your first problem along with your complete inability to demonstrate that ANYTHING you “claim” is actually true. All historical reference confines itself to a handful of historians who weren’t even born until decades to 100 years AFTER the make believe “jesus” supposedly acted as a human blood sacrifice of himself to himself. Only an insane person could swallow this nonsense.

    “If we are a new creation in Christ, we will do new things for Christ. We will do new things by the power of the Holy Spirit and the strengthening of Christ, but we will also stop the old things we used to do and stop feeding the flesh”

    What total horseshit. “gods” do not NEED you to do anything for them. Demonstrate the existence of this make believe thing called “the holy spirit”…waiting…try to just define it jack! I need a good laugh. You simply babble the words like a mindless parrot.

    “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels”

    Have you ever seen a “devil” jack? Ever detected one? Have any evidence for one? Of course not. What do we call people who imagine “beings” that are undetectable and invisible who lurk in the closet and under the bed trying to influence our behavior?….INSANE! PSYCHOTIC! DELUSIONAL!

    Once more jack you shun reality and truth like the plague. You willfully subscribe to a BOOK and a CULT for which you can show absolutely NOTHING as being true. Worse jack, you peddle this shit for a living on the gullible, credulous, fearful and innocent children! For shame jack! For shame!

    • Andres Desaya

      Shame on you PUD, go look for a decent Job, don’t Envy Pastor Jack. You hurt yourself more with envy and hatred.
      “Do not kick against the pricks..” you will hurt yourself more.

      It is your choice whether to mocked God or not but you have instructions not to mock Him because “God is not to be mocked…” beware PUD you might fall with a big THUD.

      Pls. be Warned!!! You do will not like God’s wrath on you…..Love God instead, He will redeem you, that’s His promise!

      • pud

        Keep commenting you certifiable mental case. You only prove me more right with every psychotic comment.

        • Andres Desaya

          Remember, you are not a mental case, and you know no one is a mental case here. You are a deliberate mocker, you know that and that is very dangerous! Be warned!!!

          Fact of the matter is that you used to be a believer and you got disappointed, restore your Joy with Him rather than mock Him. God tests us..though it is difficult at times, be strong “fight a good fight of faith and finish the race”…give back your heart to the Lord, and He will restore the Joy the devil stole from you. Be nice to yourself! God is great, God is great. Pass the test PUD, you can do it…be strong PUD.

  • Carlos Santiago

    Jack, Thank you for this article and the references. I chose to follow the Lord after spending some time with a group of Christians who had been “renewed” Romans 12:2. They had everything the secular world considered successful, but chose instead to live for something bigger than themselves. They had been renewed by the transforming of their minds (metanoia), and were overflowing with generosity, kindness and love. It was amazing. If you ever have the opportunity to see the movie “Woodlawn” it was very similar but on the West Coast.

  • If there is no Christ, how can there be any new creation in Christ? Now, although many biblical scholars and theologians believe that Jesus existed others, called mythicists, believe that he never actually existed.

    How can a guy in a book with many myths about Jesus be any Messiah (Christ). Can virgins get pregnant through some ghost? Can this guy walk on water? Can he feed a few thousand people from a small amount of bread and fish? Can he come back from the dead and is it ever possible? Can he float into the sky? Aren’t most of these stories about Jesus myths?

    Jack, you need to read Bart Ehrman’s books. Although he believes that Jesus was a historical figure, he demolishes the literal view of the bible. Bart has become an agnostic. So should you.

    • CloudNine

      You need to read Ben Witherington III’s critiques of Ehrman’s work.

      Both studied under Bruce Metzger but Ehrman did not complete some of the things required of a true bible scholar according to Witherington.

      Don’t believe me?

      Go over to his blog and ask him. Some of his Ehrman critiques are online and there are videos on YouTube.

  • CloudNine

    1 Cor. 2:14

    King James Bible
    But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.