As we continue our series on the Holy Spirit we can’t ignore the Holy Spirit’s work in salvation. It is He who has given us a spiritual birth and made us a new creation in Christ Jesus.
II Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Most believers know this verse well, but do we truly understand the full ramifications of it. Before going any further, we must understand the word creation. Merriam-Webster dictionary gives the following definition: “the act of making or producing something that did not exist before: the act of creating something”. In other words, when the scripture says that we are a new creation, it doesn’t speak of transformation. It doesn’t speak of a metamorphosis like what happens to a butterfly. A butterfly is not a new creation.
If we are a new creation, what kind of creation were we prior to this?
We were a creation that was born in sin & spiritually dead.
Romans 3:10 – “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;”
Romans 5:12 – “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.”
We were born under condemnation.
Romans 5:16 – “Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.”
We were born under the curse of the law.
Galatians 3:10 – “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”
The law of God is good, but it became a curse to us because we were unable to obey the law. Therefore, we were condemned by the very law that was put there to show us how to live and serve God. The law couldn’t save us because it is powerless to do this.
We were born into the family of Satan. Therefore, we were children of Satan.
I John 3:9-10 – “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.”
This scripture doesn’t state that all who are born on earth are children of Satan. Yet, scripture clearly shows us that there are two families under heaven, God’s family or the devil’s. There is no other family stated in scripture. There is no neutral family. You are either in the darkness or in the light. The scripture speaks of God’s seed here. The opposite of God’s seed is Satan’s seed. We were all born with the seed of Satan or Satan DNA. When we are born again, we receive God’s seed. We will talk more of this later.
No one likes to think of themselves as the seed of Satan and I am not advocating that we should go around calling people Satan’s children. The non-believer would like to think of man as innately good. They would like to propose there is a neutral ground where one is not good or bad. Yet, the scripture does not support this philosophy or ideology. Others would like to use the last part of this scripture to say that if I do what is good that I am God’s child. Doing what is good does not make you a child of God. Yet, a child of God will do what is good.
When we are born again in Christ, what is no longer there?
We still have the same body, the same soul, and often certain sins continue to manifest in our life. It is important to realize that being born again or becoming a new creation is not a thing that happens over time. It happens instantly.
No longer condemned – Romans 8:1 – “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,”
No longer under the curse of the law – Galatians 3:11-14
No longer dead spiritually – Romans 8:10 – “But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.”
No longer a child of Satan – Romans 6:1-5
No longer have the sinful nature – Romans 6:6 – “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.”
Romans 8:3-4 – “For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
There are those who believe that Christians have two natures or two seeds in them. They believe that we have the sinful nature and the Christ like nature. This is contrary to scripture. There are 2 key words here: crucified and condemned. The old self or sinful nature has been crucified. Something that has been crucified is dead. Condemned here is the idea of a judge giving a person the sentence of death.
No longer held accountable for our past sins – Ephesians 1:7 – “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (See also: Romans 4:5-8)
What makes us a new creation?
Our spirits become new.
John 3:5-7 – “Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’”
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, He gives us His Spirit. His Spirit enters our spirit and at that very moment we are born again and become a new creation. We receive a new heart or spirit.
Ezekiel 11:19 prophesies this – “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”
At this moment, we receive new life by God’s grace.
Ephesians 2:4-5 – “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
At the moment of salvation our spirit becomes perfect, holy and without blemish. It is for this very reason that we are called saints. We have been set apart unto God by his Spirit who lives in us. There is no darkness, sin or sinfulness in our spirit. The sinful nature which resided in our spirit is dead. We now have new life by the Spirit of God. We have a new nature. We have a new DNA. We are no longer of the blood line of Satan, but have Christ’s bloodline. It is for this very reason that we are sons of God. We have entered into His family through Christ’s blood sacrifice and have been born again by the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 4:6 – “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
There is no darkness in our spirit, because the light of the Holy Spirit has cast out the darkness. Light and darkness can’t be in the same place at the same time.
Remember that God has placed His perfect seed in us, the Holy Spirit, who has all the characteristics of God.
1 Peter 1:23 – “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God”
I John 3:9 – “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.”
Some may be asking, if we no longer have the sinful nature in us, why do we continue to struggle with sin? Because our soul (will, emotions, mind) have not been made new. The struggle or fight is between our soul and the Holy Spirit who dwells in our spirit. While the Holy Spirit is seeking control of our soul, Satan and the world are trying to keep control of our sinful soul.
Now that we are a new creation, what must we do?
We must not allow sin to reign in our bodies. (Romans 6:11-14) We need to give our life afresh and anew each day to God. (Romans 12:1) We need to submit our thoughts under the will of God. (Romans 12;2) We need to nourish the seed of the Holy Spirit in us. (Galatians 6;8). We need to remain in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. (Hebrews 10:25) We need to submit daily under the control of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:6-13) We need to keep our eyes on Jesus.
In summary, all mankind has been born with the seed (DNA) of Satan. As result we were born dead spiritually and under condemnation. Yet, when we confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that Christ died and rose again for our salvation, we are born again. We become a new creation. We receive the seed of Christ through the Holy Spirit who dwells in our spirit. We are no longer dead or under condemnation. Yet, God’s work is not complete in us because our souls have not been sanctified. The Holy Spirit does not have full control. Therefore, we need to continually yield our will, mind and emotions to Him.