by Brian E. Trenhaile, MTh on 12 October 2010
This nugget of truth describes new nature that is created by God in a believer when Christ is accepted as Lord and Savior. Some verses describing the new creation follow.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die (Galatians 2:20-21, NLT).
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (II Corinthians 5:17).
In these verses note the use of past and present tense regarding the creation of a new nature in a believer.
Baptism plays a role in representing the reality of the new nature. Mark 16:16 state, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.” The Greek word for “saved” in this verse is “sozo.” Sozo means to be kept safe and sound from destruction, health, to be delivered from the penalty of sin.
Baptism demonstrates that the old nature is dead and that we are now alive in Christ. Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead (Colossians 2:12). We no longer rely on our performance, talents and abilities to make ourselves righteous according to the law. We have died to the law and we now have the power grace operating in our lives because we have His righteousness. The effects on us of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection are emphasized through baptism.
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory (Colossians 3:1-4, NLT).
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world (I John 4:17).
Combining these two verses we can understand that we are as he is right now, resurrected and seated next to the Father. Right now we exist with the resurrected Christ in us, not Christ as He used to be when He walked on the earth, but we are seated in Him, next to the Father. This is just one of the many wonderful benefits of the new life. A study of the in Him, through Him, by Him and Him in us scriptures will show the tremendous depth of the new reality that is associated with our new lives in Christ. You can get a list of these verses by clicking here.
a) Wade, Dr. Peter, I’m Excited About Colossians: How to Live and Grow in Christ in a Hostile World, Seaford, SA, Australia, Positive Word Ministries, 2010.
b) Richards, Dr. James, Foundations of Faith, Huntsville, AL, USA, Impact Ministries, 1998.
c) Richards, Dr. James, Grace: The Power To Change, New Kensington, PA, USA, Whitaker House, 2001.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scriptural quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.
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