… An Appraisal On The Old & New Creation
For many, there is hardly anything as exciting as a new gift, device, car or property; and there is hardly anything as boring as watching them wax old and perish with the use (1Cor. 7:31/Jam. 1:11)! So we all secretly desire that new things would remain new and thereby share a like desire in God who had to wait for some 4,000 years before he could raise the first new creation breed in the man Christ Jesus. So the actual answer to our desires is in our souls becoming a new creation – not in corruptible things remaining new.
This desire became a reality in the apostles, in men of like passion as us; men that kept faith with the demands of walking in the same light that has come upon this generation of believers – a light that not a few of our faithful fathers in the faith either didn’t know of or sought it to no avail! But thanks be unto God that the unique count of those seeking to become new in God’s sight is about to drastically increase! Thank God for unuttered resolves in some that says, “If every other believer won’t become a new man in the days of their flesh, I would disobey that norm and be an exception”!
Christ isn’t just a new creature but is the new creature in whom all new creation souls have been numbered! He is God’s new civilization and nothing else gets His attention on the throne like the issue of raising many more new creation souls; raising fellows of light that Jesus promised to bring unto the Father (Heb. 1:9d/2:10d). God’s rest is yoked with this eternal agenda, and the corporate unfolding of the world to come would be kick-started by it, so God continues to remain more concerned about the faith to faith dealings of the cross (Rom. 1:17a/Gal. 6:14) that would see a company of believers to a place where they complete our faith course (1Pet. 1:9/Acts 20:24/1Tim. 6:12) and pierce through the veil where God is hid (Heb. 6:19)
- 2Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
- Rev. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
The subject of the new creation is a wholesale truth that is better witnessed to by those who have attained it, so permit me to break that protocol by “attempting” to do so – from afar! While trying to reason with the Lord concerning this subject, I find myself appreciating the reference to “old things” in 2Cor. 5:17 and to “former things” in Rev. 21:4.
One interesting characteristic of old things or of former things is that they can’t withstand or survive the activities of God’s Power! In fact, God brought His Eternal Power to light (Rom. 1:20/2Tim. 1:10) so as to end their existence and grant access to new things which are things to come (. 9:11/10:1a) – our New Testament inheritance that has been kept in light (Col. 1:12).
God actually catered for old things before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8). Old things would only end up commending God’s love to us. Old things are things that have a kind of life or that are sustained by the power of death (disobedience). So God simply bottled His eternal power into a specie of man and “unbottled” him in the fullness of time so that many likeminded specie of men would be raised unto Himself. If so, the subject of divine power (Christ Faith) demands much more attention than we (the church) have accorded it! It was first of all the gospel of God (Rom. 1:1c), then of Christ (Rom. 1:16a-b), and then of Paul (Rom. 2:16/16:25a), and of other apostles – and that same power should someday become our power – our faith (1Jn. 5:4/1Pet. 1:4); or our new heaven compliant conversation (Phil. 3:20/Phil. 3:13/Rev. 21:2-4), our most holy faith that leads to our love/Our God (Jude 1:20-21/Rev. 5:10/12:10/21:3).
Old things are things that became a nature in man the day man chose to sin against faith – i.e. live by sight! Rather than grow younger and younger to a place in God where man’s years would fail not (i.e. journey back into the womb of the morning – Ps. 110:3/Heb. 1:12c-d/Rev. 2:28/22:16), man began to grow old and became scattered in his soul by trafficking with disobedience; by using every other knowledge that was inferior to or contrary to the knowledge of divine life.
Old things gave birth to the old man (Eph. 4:22) that necessitated the judgment of the cross – the uninterrupted faith walk of Christ from Jerusalem to Jordan and the uninterrupted love walk of Christ Jesus, The Son of God (the full blown son – Matt. 16:16/1Jn. 3:8/1Jn. 5:11-13/20) from Jordan to Gethsemane.
- Heb. 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted (i.e. to react or respond contrary to life) like as we are, yet without sin.
Old things are things that cause a soul to pass away because of the force of corruption (2Pet. 1:4), so God’s response to this was to give us great and precious promises so we can come over (overcome) it. Old things were born the day in which the devil perverted his law for living; and turned the law of faith in him into that which is called iniquity (Eze. 28:14-15). Old things have one goal – to separate man from God; to cause man to die spiritually by living from without (2Cor. 4:18/5:6/Rom. 8:24). To separate us from acquiring life, the enemy uses our wrong responses to tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and more importantly to the cares of this present life. So the only antidote to this was for God to unveil the design of a life which was out of the sight of the present man and of glorious angels; a life we are meant to fetch by seeing (judging) everything through Christ – through the eyes of Faith or through the eyes of the Spirits of the Lord (Isa. 11:2-3).
- Ps. 36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light (good light/Christ’s light) shall we see light (perfect light/God’s light)
- Jam. 1:17 Every good gift (i.e. good light/Christ’s light – Eph. 5:14) and every perfect gift (i.e. perfect light/God’s light – 1Jn. 1:5) is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
So new things are things born out of the process of coming to God (Faith – Heb. 10:1c/11:6b) where God gives us more life (Lk. 19:26) as we prevail against the pressures of the enemy to stop us from keeping life (Matt. 13:19-23/Rev. 1:3)! Little wonder the apostles rejoiced in the sufferings of Christ while journeying to the end of faith, because such were the conduits through which they would become perfected in faith (Matt. 4:1/Eph. 4:13a/c/1Jn. 5:4) and ultimately perfected in love (Jn. 14:30/Eph. 4:b/d/1Jn. 4:18/5:20)
Show me a man who is going through cycles of being pressured on all sides to stop the pursuit of eternal life and I will show you a man who is consistently beholding Christ; who is on course to receiving every comfort of truth that would empower him to trade (disown) his old life for his new life that has been hid in Christ (Col. 3:3). I will show you a man who will enter the kingdom through tribulation (Matt. 13:21/Acts. 14:22) and will keep pressing on into the fullness of the new creation (2Pet. 1:11/1Cor. 9:26) through the tribulation that takes place while in the kingdom (Rom. 5:3/8:35/2Cor. 1:4/Rev. 1:9/2:9-10)
God in his wisdom uses all things (i.e. the contradicting experience of lovers of Christ/Faith – 1Cor. 2:9/Rom. 8:28) to save us from old things; to cause us to hold and own new things (Eph. 1:3/18c). So as we contend earnestly not to let go of faith (life), we are faced with afflictions for choosing Christ’s life above that of the world. We hold our ground of obedience (i.e. obey faith – Rom. 16:26/Phil. 2:12), and by doing so, we live according to the new creation – by the power of faith; we obey resurrection life and import the conversation (powers) of the world to come into our flesh.
So by appreciating strategic lifelong trials approved by God to save our souls (Ps. 118:18/119:71), we prove to heaven that we are destined to complete the separations offered in the holy place – through Christ; which are the consecrations needed to see, experience or inherit God in the most holy place! By continually doing so, we subscribe to the anthem of Christ called “suffer it to be so for now” and would definitely appreciate to a place in the Spirit where we become the righteousness of God in our souls (2Cor. 5:21c). We fight by consistently walking (faith), we lay hold of the fullness of eternal life (love)
So when you see believers taking with levity the issue/dealings of Christ’s Faith, they are simply directly or indirectly saying they want to retain old things (corruption); like Esau, they are despising the inheritance of the New Testament which is that of the new creation, and may end up proving to God that they were not really interested in His promise – becoming a new creation.
Being in Christ or being a new creature is not firstly a confession, but a process that must be accomplished by warfare against old things or against the forces governing the present old and passing creation. Some called few (Matt. 7:14c-d/Heb. 4:6) would end up proving to God that He was right by numbering them among the new creation, while others would prove to God that he was wrong to have predestined them for such. Where do we stand?