II.Cor.5:17 Let us look at the Condition of a new creation. It is in ” Christ.” “If any man is in Christ he is a new creation. ”
This implies that we have fled to Him for shelter and salvation-as the man-slayer fled to the City of Refuge.
Let us take refuge in Jesus’ atoning work “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (Jh.10:28).
In Christ, as the branch is in the vine, for strength and supply.
Our life is in the blood of Christ according to (Col.1:14) “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:.”
Let us look at the Nature of “a new creation. “It is a reformation in a very radical sense. “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” according to (Eph. 2. 10).
There is a new life according to (Jh.1:12,13) ” But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
There is a new mind, “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Eph. 4. 23), and now being able to comprehend many things about the character and power of God.
There is a new heart. The affections that were alienated from God are now centred in Him. There is a new spirit. The Spirit of God now bears witness with our spirits, implying oneness of purpose in service and testimony.
There is a new song, because there has been a new revelation of Divine mercy and grace “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” (Psa.40:l,3).
Let us note the results of the new creation. “The old things are passed away; behold they are become new. ”
With the new creation then comes new views of sin “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” (Ps.122:1)
Sin is now seen to be a crime and a curse, and the old view of it being a debt, or a misfortune, “when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” according to (Ja.1:15).
There comes also a new view of self. Self is now seen to be worthless, and a unclean thing, and it too becomes an “old thing” only fit to pass away “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (Ja.4:14).
The old unscriptural views of Christ pass away, and new Spirit-inspired views take their place.
Jesus Christ is no longer a Saviour waiting for us at a death-bed, but a present, living reality in the daily life.
The old things which used to interest us in the world are passed away, and behold, new interests have been awakened.
In the old life the pIeasures and profits of the world were the objects of our desires, but now the desire is for the salvation of the soul.
The world used to be the place of amusement for self, but now it has become a place to serve Christ “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” (Mt.28:19:20).
What a privilege of being a new creature in Christ Jesus. “If any man.” (Rev.3:20).
Any man, no matter how weak and helpless, no matter how sad and sinful, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isa.1:18)
No matter how old and forgetful, if we steps out of sin-ruined self into Christ, we will instantly become a new creation “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word…. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.” (Ac.10:44,45).
For, in Christ, God is reconciling the world unto Himself according to (II.Cor.5:19) “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them;”