Thursday, July 13th, 2017
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Cor 5:17
It is imperative for us to understand how we are to live in the newness of life by faith after receiving the remission of sins in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. We must accept the fact that our fleshly thoughts are fundamentally evil. As such, for our spiritual thoughts not to deteriorate, we must reside by faith in the Gospel Word of the water and Spirit.
As true believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness we must not lose sight of knowing who we are in the born again spirit.
Newness of life in Christ only manifest when we walk by faith in the Word.
Unfortunately, many have lost the spiritual focus on who they are in the spirit to enjoy newness of life in Christ. In fact, they continue to believe that they are sinners by nature – just the opposite of what the Bible teaches.
- Newness in the spirit
It is true that we were all born sinners and had the nature of the devil working in us. Ps 51:5; Eph 2:2-3. However, when we are united by faith with Jesus baptism, death and resurrection, we become a new person in the spirit. This is not talking about our body. If we were a man before being in Christ, we are still a man afterwards, Our body does not change. Our soul which is what the Bible calls the mental-emotional part of us, does not automatically change either. It is subject to change but we have to renew the mind to experience newness in our mind and emotions. Nevertheless, in the spirit we have become a brand new species of being. Our spirit is totally new. There is no more an old sin nature left in us. Most Christians have a notion to believe that after salvation they are still the same at their core. As a result, they continue to live the rest of their lives trying to restrain their old nature. They assume they have two natures. This is schizophrenic! It produces believers who are nothing like Christ.
- Newness in the soul
Paul dealt with this issue in Rom 6. He had so powerfully proved in the preceding chapters that God deals with us by grace through faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Furthermore, in Rom 6:2-3, Paul gave two reasons on how to live in the newness of life. “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein.” What a radical statement. This is not believed by the majority of believers today. They believe that they are alive to sin and it is with much effort, frustration and failure that they are to battle this sin nature the rest of their lives. That is not what Paul believed. Paul said that once we are baptized into Christ, we experience a death to our old sin nature. It is dead. Yes, as a Christian we still do sin. Paul made mention of sin in this very chapter and dealt with it in more detail in Rom 7. Our minds are similar to computers in the sense that they can be programmed. Once programmed, they will continue to function as programmed until we reprogram them. We were born in sin and our old sin nature programmed our minds how to be selfish, bitter, angry and lust etc. When we are born again, we become totally new in our spirits. This old nature has been completely changed. It is not in the process of becoming new, it is already as pure and perfect as Jesus. 1 John 4:17; 1 Cor 6:17; Eph 4:24. Paul called this newness of life as the resurrection life. Rom 6:5
- Newness in the body
Paul alludes that we ought to know that our “old man is crucified with Christ” in order to experience the newness of our physical life. This is not something that is yet to happen or that has to happen over and over again. It is a done deal in our new born again spirit. We are dead to sin. Our sin nature is dead and gone but it left behind a body. The Spirit of God within us gives life to our mortal short lived perishable body as we abide in the Word. That body has a carnal mind. It will still function as programmed until we reprogram it. Our lives are transformed by the renewing of our minds. Rom 12:2 Therefore, victory in a true believer’s life is as simple as renewing our minds to who we are and what we have already received in Christ. It is not the struggle of two natures inside us. We are the way we think. Prov 23:7 If we see ourselves as old sinners, saved by grace, then we will continue to struggle with sin. However, when we see the total change that took place in our nature, we will manifest that change in our actions. The way we see ourselves become a self fulfilling prophecy. We are spirit beings who has a soul and lives in a body. God is a Spirit and he deals with us on the basis of who we are in the spirit. We worship God based on who we are in the spirit and not on who we are in our flesh in regard to how we act or feel.
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