We are very familiar with the term “new creature” but many of us are yet to grasp what that term means. We are also familiar with the verse “old things are passed away and all things have become new” but we often make light of these statements. Let’s read from the New Living Translation
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
What a truth!
The New creature in Christ Jesus is not a repaired man, a redesigned man or a refurbished man. The new creature is not like an old building that got destroyed except for it’s the foundation upon which a new building was erected. It would have been fine if this best explains the new creature but beyond this, the new creature is recreated from scratch. Let’s see this portion of the Bible
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has CREATED US ANEW in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” – Ephesians 2:10 NLT
I made an emphasis and that says a lot! We are recreated beings, we are brand new people and the old life is gone. It may not be true about your flesh but it is so true about your Spirit which is the real you that outlives this earth.
The New Creature in Christ Jesus is not the customization of open-source code, it is like a code written from scratch, not with any coding language that ever existed before. It is the complexity in the definition of who we are that gave us the name “new creatures” because there is no word in the language of men to give us a name!
While Adam named the world, we were named by God! The Bible says in 1 Peter 1:23 “we are born of incorruptible seed”. For the original flesh, the Psalmist admitted in Psalm 51:5 “I was conceived in sin” and that is to say “I am was conceived in corruption”. However, the New Creature isn’t born of corruption but of a seed that lacks the ability to be corrupted!
The New Creature in Christ Jesus is not the higher version of the old man, not a better version or an improved model! The New Creature as the Bible says has been united with God and is one Spirit with God (1 Corinthians 6:17). It is not about being with God, it is not about being friends with God but about being united, infused as one with the Spirit of God.
The incorruptible seed for which we are born is the word of God! We are born of God and there is no possibility that he who is born of God can become corrupted, sinful and disunited with God. The entire ministry of Christ would have been a huge comedy concert that has lasted for thousands of years if it were to be said that the believer in Christ can be corrupted in the Spirit. But no, it is not. Let men be liars and let God be true.
One would ask, “how about those who once believed but left?” The Bible gives us a profound answer in 1 John 2:19, anyone who leaves from amongst us never belonged in the first place. Regardless of their positions, regardless of the books they wrote, regardless of what they did while they claimed to be Christians, they never belonged in the first place. If they are being inspired by the same Spirit of God, they would have stayed.
True faith in Christ doesn’t say “never”, it stays! They may have learnt our language, tasted and mimicked our charisma but they never belonged with us.
We read about the sons of Sceva, the Bible says in Acts 19:13 that these Jews has been casting out evil spirits, in their incantations they usually used the name of Jesus whom Paul preached. From the Bible, we see that they’ve been recording success! These demons were responding for the fear of Jesus and not because these guys knew what they were doing.
However, a time came when the table turned. They’ve been doing this but that one time came when a possessed man pounced on them and disgraced them. They were disgraced because they had no standing on that name. They were using the name of Jesus whom Paul preached and not the name of Jesus on whom their faith is found. There were not born again but they looked like one, people would mistake them as one.
That is how some people are, they sound like Christians but they are not one. Those jews were not believers in the finished work of Christ, they believed they could be saved by what they were able to do. They had a form of godliness but were denying the power thereof. The power of God in this sense is not about healing the sick but the salvation that comes from the good news about Christ! Those who suddenly leave are never convinced in the first place, if they are convinced, nothing would take them away.
Those who left us are like the other robber on the cross who said to Jesus “if you are the Son of God, save yourself and save us!” That robber never had faith in Christ, he was playing a game and trying out his luck. Jesus doesn’t want us to try luck with him, he wants us to just believe! No wonder he said “blessed are they who believe without seeing!” The robber said, “if…” Which means “I doubt you are the Son of God. If you are, then prove it to me…”
The believer is not in that category, the believer doesn’t lose salvation because we don’t own it in the first place. It is God’s salvation, he doesn’t give and take! He just gives! There is nowhere you’ll see in the new testament where God gives and take. The Bible says his gift is perfect and we know that he gifted us his own life and we received it by believing.
Questions like “can Christians lose their salvation?” Is wrong grammar in the first place and if you really want to know, you should start by understanding God and his character, you should start by understanding salvation and how we got saved? You can’t be a Christian and be losing salvation or falling from grace. You are either a believer or you are not. Where will you fall from? How did you get there? Was it not Grace that brought you there?
Whoever is in Christ is a new creature, new kind of being, the true offsprings of God! In Christ, you aren’t on your way to a better place, you are in a better place. Christ is the final destination of the believer. We don’t pursue heaven, we enjoy Christ and where he is, is where we are!
The New Creature is God’s greatest miracle! When next you want to talk about yourself as a believer, bear it in mind that you’re talking about God’s greatest miracle!