(This is 5 in a series of blogs on the names of Christians in the Bible)
The Invaders was a 1968 TV series with aliens that looked and acted like humans. God says we are a new creation. We may look, act and even talk like other humans, but He has made us new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
In 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul say: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here!” When we come to Jesus for salvation, we become a new person, a new creation. Distorted perspectives, prejudices, misconceptions, enslavements, priorities, motives and goals are challenged. Our viewpoints evolve as we grew in Him to the mind of Christ
At the moment of salvation God makes many changes in us. He Himself lives inside of us in the form of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-12; 3:16). All our sin and shame from the past are gone (Colossians 1:14). Present and future sin is gone forever (Ephesians 1:1; Romans 8:1-2, 31-34). We become a member of God’s family by new birth (John 1:12) and by adoption (Ephesians 1:5). As part of God’s family, we are brothers and sisters with other believers (1 Corinthians 12:27). We are God’s friend (John 15:15). We have peace with God (Romans 5:1) and peace from God (Philippians 4:7; Colossians 3:15). We are unconditionally loved by God (Romans 8:35-39). Law is replaced by Grace (2 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 14:6). We can talk to God any time we want (Ephesians 2:18; 3:12). God will provide power (Acts 1:8; Philippians 4:13), guidance and wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:16) for us.
As a new creation, God promises us victory over the control of sin (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:2; Galatians 2:20) and victory over Satan and demons (Colossians 1:13; Luke 10:18-20). He assures us we will never lose our salvation (2 Corinthians 1:21-22) and that we will be in heaven with Him forever (Ephesians 2:6; Philippians 3:20). These tremendous blessings are ours whether we enjoy them or not. We can experientially enjoy His grace as we grow and learn His word. Unfortunately many Christians don’t grow in His word.
An elderly lady walked slowly into a life insurance office during the worst part of the Great Depression. She wanted to know if she could stop paying the premiums on her husband’s life insurance policy. “He’s been dead some time now,” she said, “and I don’t believe I can afford making the payments anymore.” The puzzled clerk behind the desk looked up her husband’s policy and discovered it was worth several hundred thousand dollars. This poor lady was wealthy, but she was totally unaware. No one ever explained to her how life insurance works. She was making payments when she should have been collecting benefits. That’s how many Christians live. We think we need to do certain things to please God, when in fact He has already done all of it for us. We need to enjoy and apply His great benefits. Are you?
Ephesians 4:24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Romans 6:6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—
Do you regularly thank God for all the privileges and benefits you have as a New Creation in Christ? Which blessings listed above are you are most thankful for right now?
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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