OUR LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS BOOK
This book is an exciting and revealing study of the Believer's Spiritual Identity in Christ Jesus from the New Testament Epistles.It examines over 200 scriptures that teach on the position and blessings we have as a result of our union with Christ(Ephesians 1:3). A brief word study and commentary is done on each of these scripture verses, highlighting key words, phrases and truths about our spiritual indentity In Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). As you read and meditate on these powerful truths you will be transformed as you learn that in Christ you are called of God (Romans 1:6), that you are righteous before God (Romans 3:22, that you are one spirit with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17), and that you are being transformed from "glory to glory" (2 Corinthians 3:18).
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We are New Creatures in Christ 2 Corinthians: 5 :
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are past; behold all things are become new.”
The context of this very famous verse is the death of Christ, Him dying for all and instituting a new order whereby we no longer live for self but for God (vss. 14-15). We should not judge other believers according to the flesh, according to their race, gender or class, because in Christ Jesus “all things have become new.” Therefore, if any man is “In Christ” he is a “new creature.” Hodge’s commentary on this phrase”in Christ” is revealing: “…To be in Christ is the common scriptural phrase to express the saving connection or union between him and his people. They are in him by covenant, as all men were in Adam; they are in him as members of his body, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; and they are in him by faith, which lays hold of and appropriates him as the life and portion of the soul. Rom. 8, 1.9, Gal. 5, 6. This union is transforming. It imparts a new life. It effects a new creation. This expression indicates not only the greatness and radical nature of the change effected, but also its divine origin. It is a divine work, i.e. one due to the mighty power of God. It is therefore called the commencement of a new state of being. Eph. ….”15
The word “new” is the Greek word "kainos" and means “new, freshness”16 Thayer says it means, "…of a new kind; unprecedented, novel, uncommon, unheard of…17 A new work has begun in us, Christ Himself is formed in us (Gal. 4:19). This is powerful. There is something brand new living on the inside of our spirits. Heaven itself has come to live on the inside of our being. This new spiritual nature will demonstrate the things of Heaven, unheard of to the natural man, such as tongues, interpretations, prophesies, groaning in the spirit and laughter in the spirit. These things are new to us as natural men and women, yet it is the life of Heaven manifested through our spirits. Hodge says of the word “new” that it refers to that which is “unimpaired, uncontaminated.” In our experience of this fallen polluted planet, sin has affected everything. Both animal and human life has been affected by sin. Nothing is “new” on this planet. Everything that man makes comes from material that is under the power of sin and the curse (Gen. 3:17-18). However when God says that He has made us “new creatures” it means that the new life within us, is, holy, pure and undefiled by anything of this earthly realm. God does not take anything from this realm of sin and death and put it in our spirits. He does not even “patch up” or improve our spirits, but gives us a brand new spiritual life that is “unimpaired” or ” uncontaminated” by the fall and the sinful environment in which we live.
The word “new” also refers to the new age to come, the age inaugurated by the death and resurrection of Christ, bringing in the kingdom of God. Although the kingdom is here in Christ and us, it is not fully realised. It will be fully manifested when He comes and begins His millennial reign on the Earth. However, through the Holy Spirit, we participate in that age now. In the new age, to come, there will be a new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:5). The word “new” used in Revelation 21:5 is the same Greek word "kainos." The newness of the life imparted to us releases us into the age to come; we taste of the powers of the age to come (Heb. 6:5). The word "creature" is the Greek word "ktisis" and means “original formation, building, creation, creature.”18 Thayer says it means "creation, i.e. thing created."19 God creates new life in us in Christ Jesus. This newness of life is the divine life, the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. It is the life of Heaven itself. The Holy Spirit manifests the life of Heaven to us and through us (1 Cor. 12:1-11; Gal. 5:22: Heb. 6:5).
“Old things are past away, behold all things are become new.” One reason many believers do not experience victory in their lives, is because they do not see themselves as new creatures in Christ Jesus. Some still see themselves as sinners with the same problems they had before they were saved. They have not renewed their minds to the spiritual realities of their identity in Christ Jesus. In the last part of this powerful scripture (2 Cor. ), the Holy Spirit informs us that our former selves, practices and habits are passed away. This truth should set us free. We are told that the old nature and all its wicked habits have passed away (Rom. 6:6-7, 2 Cor. , 21). As Charles Hodge says: “Old opinions, views, plans, desires, principles… new apprehensions of the destiny of man, and new feelings and purposes fill and govern the soul.”20 In Christ Jesus we are new creatures, our former unrenewed selves have passed away.
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