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Becoming a new creation in Christ

Jesus death on the cross
Michael Thacker

When an individual gives his or her life to Christ and puts their trust in God they start becoming a new creation. The transformation process of a Christian takes time, patience and some hardships, but the reward is great as the Christian begins to establish a wonderful walk and relationship with the Lord. “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). Let’s take a closer look at what the word of God says about becoming a new creation.

As a new creation in Christ we should also present ourselves as a new creation, transformed by the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians Paul explains what it means to be a new creation, “that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,” (4:22). We should let go of our old ways and youthful lusts and reach forth to God and His ways. We should seek to please the Lord above all else and put to death our flesh by being renewed in the spirit daily. Paul goes on to show what type of new conduct we should live by, “and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:23,24).

Paul also goes on to explain this in second Timothy, “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2:22). When we become a new creation our desire to please God should grow inside us more and more with each passing day. We should wake up each day eager to worship and serve the Lord with our whole hearts, “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!” (Psalms 119:2).

To love and serve the Lord with a whole heart requires a heart transplant by the Holy Spirit, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26). In order to serve the Lord with an obedient heart and mind we must allow the Holy Spirit to fill us and to help us overcome the flesh and to walk by God’s commandments, “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:27).

Being a new creation means walking by the spirit and shining forth God’s glory for others to see so they may also follow after God. Our conduct and way of living is our biggest testimony to the world and by this we can glorify God and save many as much as God wills, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

As a new creation we are no longer our own but God’s as we completely submit ourselves to Him, allowing Him to use us for His purpose, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1). As we submit ourselves to the Lord, He then guides us to where and to whom He wants us to help and save; As we are led by the Spirit and not our own desires, but the Lord’s will.

A new creation in Christ is a new person with new desires that pertain to God and pleasing Him above all else. A new creation in Christ is being transformed by the Holy Spirit to walk after the Spirit and to obey the Lord in all He calls us to do. A new creation in Christ is to lose our own desires and will and instead submitting to the Lord’s desires and will. We are called to be holy and to be the light of the world to glorify and please God. “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12).

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