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Prisms of Interpretation: New Creation

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2015

 

(See the teachings for introduction of Prisms of Interpretation, and the first two prisms: blood covenant, and justification / righteousness by faith).

 

Prisms of Interpretation

New Creation

 

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God

Galatians 6:15-16

 

When it comes to understanding the bible it is extremely helpful to always look through the prism of the new creation. The bible defines a human as having three parts: spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). When we are born again and made a new creation it is our spirit which is made new. Our soul and body are largely the same before, and after, the new creation. A Christian's soul (mind, will, intellect, emotions, and imagination) has changed, but in the sense of renewal, not creation (Romans 12:2). The Christian's body has the potential to also change, by being quickened and healed by the Holy Spirit - but not recreated on this earth (Romans 8:11, 1 Peter 2:24). There is no doubt, however, that a born again Christian is a new creation in the sense that they have a newly created spirit. Evidence that the Christian's spirit has been recreated includes the following scriptures:

 

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God… that which is born of the Spirit is spirit

John 3:5-6

 

A Christian is someone who has been born of the Spirit of God, they have a new spirit!

 

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever

1 Peter 1:23

 

A Christian is someone who has received the seed of the living Word of God into their heart to become a new spirit; they have been born again of the spiritual seed of the Word of God.

 

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God

1 John 3:9

 

This verse is not saying that Christians are unable to sin, because we know that all Christians do sin (1 John 1:8). It is, rather, saying that Christians cannot sin from their spirit, as their spirit has been born of God, in the new creation, and God's holy seed remains in the Christian's spirit.

 

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness

Ephesians 4:23

 

The new man, the new creation, the Christian's new spirit, is created by God - after God! The Christian's new spirit is holy and righteous. We cannot sin from our new spirit as it has been created by the Lord as holy.

 

These truths regarding the new creation are very important as they help our understanding of who we are, created in righteousness and justification. We can see that our new spirit is made righteous. Subsequently, looking through the prism of the new creation helps us understand that righteousness is not based on our performance but rather on what the Lord has done for us in the new creation.

 

Henceforth we know no man after the flesh… if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new… for He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him

2 Corinthians 5:16-17, 21

 

A Christian has been made a new, spiritual creature. The new creature is created as a member of the spiritual body of Christ, as the righteousness of God. To be right with God the Christian's spirit needs to be holy, as the Lord is holy, and this was accomplished in the new creation.

 

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body… and have all been made to drink into one Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:13

 

Christians belong to a new spiritual body which is the holy body of Christ. Christians are now one with the Holy Spirit of the Lord, and also one with each other, in the spirit. Christians have been circumcised in their heart, in the spirit (Romans 2:29).

 

We can see from the preceding New Testament scriptures that our spirit is a new creation. This spiritual rebirth was also prophesied in the Old Testament:

 

The New Testament letter to the Hebrews says: He (Jesus) is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises… I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel… I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts… I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more

Hebrews 8:6, 8, 10, 12

 

The writer to the Hebrews is quoting from the Old Testament book of Jeremiah 31:31-34 which, in part, says: I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts. Our new spirit, which is holy and righteous, has the law of God written in it. It is natural for our new spirit to be loving and holy, as God's law has been written there, in the new creation. When a Christian does not act in love they are violating their inward parts.

 

The new creation is also prophesied in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, howbeit in relation to Israel:

 

For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land… a new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgements, and do them

Ezekiel 36:24, 26-27

 

Ezekiel is saying that the Lord will gather Israel out of all countries and bring them into their own land. This has been progressively happening since 1948 with the establishment of modern day Israel. For those who dispute whether the land should belong to Israel, or to the Palestinians, notice how the Lord views the dispute: I will… bring you into your own land. The Lord sees the land as belonging to Israel, as He gave the land to Abraham forever. For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever (Genesis 13:15).

 

Also notice how the Lord will give to the people of Israel a new heart, and a new spirit, and the Lord will put His Spirit within them. This is the same as what happens in the new creation when we are born again. We receive a new spirit from the Lord and His Holy Spirit comes to indwell us (1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, Romans 8:9, 11, Galatians 4:6).

 

Conclusion

It is an irrefutable truth from scripture that a Christian is someone who is a new spiritual creation, with the Holy Spirit indwelling them. The new creation is the basis of our righteousness before the Lord, as our spirit has been remade holy and placed within the spiritual body of Christ, and raised to sit with Christ at the right hand of the Father (1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 2:6, Colossian 3:1).

 

As well as the new creation defining our righteousness, it is also the basis of our identity and victorious life in Christ. We are to live out of our spirit as the source of our holiness and inspiration, as this is also where the holy law of God is written and the Holy Spirit resides (Galatians 5:16).

 

Prayer

Thank you, Lord, for the prism of the new creation. As we view scripture and life through the new creation we know that you have equipped us with your holiness, love, law and understanding in our new spirit. In addition, you have placed your Holy Spirit within us. We know that deep within our hearts we are one with you and one with other Christians. Thank you for this rich assurance of loving unity which we partake of, and the confidence to know you will never reject us. We love and bless you in Jesus Christ name. Amen.

 

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