LOVE TABERNACLE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
BOOK: Who We Are In Christ
Chapter 5: A New Creation
5 A New Creation
We are become new creatures, a new creation, a type of species that
never existed before, when we are born again into Christ Jesus.
We passed from death into life, from darkness into light. The
Holy Spirit regenerated our spirit man into a new creation, baring
witness to it as the Spirit of Adoption, crying Abba, Father in our
5.1 The Reconciled
Reconciliation is a legal term meaning to make peace between two
parties which were at odds with each other. Because of our sins
and our old nature, we were at odds against God1. But God provided the means of reconciliation, the remitting price for sin, thru Jesus Christ, our Lord.
The Greek term translated as peace in the new testament cares this
meaning. That is, the Greek term is made up of two root words.
The first meaning "to have quietness or tranquillity". The second
meaning "to join". So we have been joined to God, with quietness
and tranquillity, thru the blood of Jesus Christ.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
And, having made peace through the blood of his
cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself;
by him, I say, whether they be things in earth,
or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime
alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works,
yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh
through death, to present you holy and unblameable
and unreproveable in his sight:
II Cor 5:17-18
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are
become new. And all things are of God, who hath
reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath
given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing,
nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
And that ye put on the new man,
which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
This is why the angels sang:
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Because it was God's glory, His honor, His plan of the ages, to reveal
the mystery of redemption thru Jesus Christ, our Lord, bringing peace
on the earth by reconciling men to Himself. God's good will
toward men. Hallelujah!
5.2 Delivered from Darkness into Light
That he would grant unto us, that we being
delivered out of the hand of our enemies might
serve him without fear, In holiness and
righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might
deliver us from this present evil world,
according to the will of God and our Father:
Which He granted and performed:
II Tim 1:10
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our
Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death,
and hath brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us into the kingdom of his
Being then made free from sin, ye became the
servants of righteousness.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
I Peter 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal
priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;
that ye should shew forth the praises of him who
hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of
unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves
unto God, as those that are alive from the dead,
and your members as instruments of righteousness
unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over
you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
5.3 Circumcised Heart
God has given us a new heart or spirit, a circumcised heart, a heart
tender towards Him and all His creatures, to love Him and His Word,
... God saw that the wickedness of man was great
in the earth, and that every imagination of the
thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I
will punish all them which are circumcised with
the uncircumcised... and all that are in the
utmost corners... for all these nations are
uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are
uncircumcised in the heart.
Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and
ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost:
as your fathers did, so do ye.
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart,
and be no more stiffnecked.
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you,
and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness,
and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
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 judgments, and do them.
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly;
and circumcision is that of the heart,
in the spirit, and not in the letter;
whose praise is not of men, but of God.
In whom also ye are circumcised with the
circumcision made without hands, in putting off
the body of the sins of the flesh
by the circumcision of Christ:
Wherefore let us walk worthy of the calling and the hope that has been
placed in us. Let us walk in love toward all people, letting the
love of God draw men unto Him. Let Jesus rule and reign in you,
that you may direct them onward, toward Christ Jesus, to a personal and
saving relationship with the only true Lord and God. Continue to
grow in love and grace! May your faith never fail you, but
continue to renew your mind with the truth!
1. Jam 4:4