A NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST
2 Cor 5:17
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
The Bible says that when we receive Christ as Savior we become a new creature in Christ.
In Romans chapter six we see the basis for that statement.
We are immersed in Christ.
The past is buried not to be brought up.
And we are alive to Christ. A new creature.
Our body now yielded to the desires of God the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the previous chapters we are show that the sinner is saved by grace and justified by grace.
Now the question that we must answer.
If it is by grace, do we continue to sin?
In verses 1-2 notice the Holy Spirit gives answer quickly to the question and goes on to explain.
Romans six shows us the transformation in a three fold manner.
I. WE ARE BAPTIZED.
Rom 6:3, 6, 7, 10, 11
We are baptized into Christ.
The word “baptize” means immersed.
This is a one time occurrence.
When we receive Christ we are immersed by the Holy Spirit of God into the body of Christ.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
1 Pet 3:20-21
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
1 Cor 3:16
16 Know ye not that ye are the
2 Cor 3:3
3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
I Jn 4:13
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
We have been immersed into Christ and He in us.
The believer has been baptized into Christ and.
The old is crucified (6).
It is destroyed.
And now buried.
Put away forever.
Buried once and for all, never to be brought up.
As far as God is concerned our old life has been planted together with Christ in the likeness of His death. (Vs 12)
Whatever mistakes we made, what ever sins we committed, whatever shameful act, it has been forgiven.
When our heavenly Father looks upon us He does not see the flesh nor the acts of the flesh for we are baptized (immersed) in Christ.
We are dead to the flesh and buried (covered).
But what about the way we view ourselves?
Verses 4-5 tell us about our new standing with God.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Then verses 12-13 refer to the state that we are to maintain.
This takes commitment. The flesh should no longer have control.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Since we are immersed in Him and God sees us in Christ, then we should not make plans nor place ourselves in a position to be tempted by the flesh.
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
We have been baptized into Christ, we are buried with Him now we are to allow Him to live in us.
III. BUT ALIVE (vs 4,5,8-13)
If we are in the likeness of Christ’s death and burial we should also be in the likeness of His resurrection.
By grace we are saved, justified and sanctified. We stand before God a new creature. All sin forgive and paid for in Christ.
We are ready to do as commanded in verse 13.
13 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.
We were guilty, putrid rotten sinners. But, now by the grace of God we are cleansed. Our guilt has been taken away. Only now are we fit to yield our members as instruments of righteousness unto God, so that Christ can live in us.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We are dead to sin once and for all. It no longer reigns. It no longer has control. God is in control.
We want to yield to Him now.
Bad habits gone.
Tobacco, alcohol, drugs, uncontrolled anger, malice, lusts, hatred all these and any sin that could be harmful is gone once and for all.
Give it up. And yield that place in your life to God.
Someone who used to smoke told me that he place a new testament in his shirt pocket and every time he reached for a cigarette he pulled out the Bible and read a verse.
Reckon yourself dead to sin and alive to God.