November 4, 2015

What it means to be made new in Christ

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What it means to be made new in Christ

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭17‬ ESV)
We have heard sermons about newness in Christ, we have read it in books and most importantly have seen it in the bible in 2 corinthians 5:17. The question for today is, what does newness in Christ mean?
To be able to address the concept of newness in Christ Jesus, we need to first consider: 1.The root of sin 
2. Christ’s redemptive work on the cross.
God created mankind in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:27). He first created Adam and later created Eve, his companion, and placed them in the garden of Eden. Adam was given stewardship over Eden, and God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Regardless, we see in Genesis 3 that Satan deceived Eve to eat the fruit, and she gave some to Adam also. From that moment, man sinned against God for disobeying God’s instruction. This disobedience brought consequences to both the man and woman (Genesis 3:14-19). Since the fall of man, human nature has been corrupted by sin distorting the image and the likeness of God we were created in. The depravity of man is seen throughout scripture. To name a few, Psalm 51:5, Jeremiah 17:9, Psalm 58:3 and Ephesians 2:1-5 all aid our understanding of how far we have come from God’s will.
As a result of sin mankind was destined to face God’s wrath. God being loving, faithful and merciful sent His son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins to save us from His wrath and reconcile us back to Him. Those that believe in Christ have been redeem by Him from God’s wrath and reconciled to the father (Romans 5:6-11, Romans 4:21-25, Romans 8:1, Ephesians 2:1-10).
So then, in relation to what has been considered above, to be made new in Christ simply means to be redeemed and forgiven of our trepasses by the blood of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:7), clothed with His righteousness (Isaiah 61:10) and filled with the Holy Spirit to do His good will. 
As Matthew Henry puts it, “The renewed man acts upon new principles, by new rules, with new ends, and in new company. The believer is created anew; his heart is not merely set right, but a new heart is given him. He is the workmanship of God, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Though the same as a man, he is changed in his character and conduct. These words must and do mean more than an outward reformation. The man who formerly saw no beauty in the Saviour that he should desire him, now loves him above all things.”

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