P r i n t e d w i t h
j o l i p r i n t
The New Creation and the New Birth
work which required God to stop resting and start
creating again. God is satised with what He origi
nally created and condently waits for its return
to His original design.
God is not nervous about what He made … He is not
anxious about your life. What He imagined origi-
nally when He rst thought of you, is still His only
reference to who you are. Agree with God and beat peace.Let’s look at one of the most popular scriptures re-garding the new creation: 2 Cor 5:14-17
“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have
concluded this: that one has died for all, thereforeall have died; and he died for all, that those who
live might no longer live for themselves but for him
who for their sake died and was raised.From now on, therefore, we regard no one accor-
ding to the esh. Even though we once regarded
Christ according to the esh, we regard him thus no
longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a newcreation. The old has passed away; behold, the new
has come. All this is from God, who through Christ
reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of
reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling
the world to himself, not counting their trespassesagainst them”
I want to specically focus on verse 17: Therefore,
if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The ‘if’ in this sentence has often been seen as a
conditional ‘if’. But Paul uses this ‘if’ as a conclusion,not as a condition. See for instance Rom 8:31 as well:
If God is for us, who can be against us? Can you seethat the ‘if’ is a conclusion … not a condition?
Also notice the word ‘therefore’. Whenever you see
the word ‘therefore’, ask, what is it there for. You see
verse 17 is the conclusion of verse 14-16 in whichPaul makes it as clear as can be that all where in-cluded in the death of Christ. That is why Paul canno longer look at any man from a human point of view. History recorded the death of one man, buteternity saw humanity included in that event.The word ‘new’ was translated from ‘kainos’ andrefers to that which is new, especially in freshnessand age. In other words that which has not beenaffected by time.The word ‘creation’ was translated from ‘ktisis’.
Strongs dene it as: original formation, building,
creation, creature, ordinance. It comes from the
word ‘ktiz?’ which Strongs denes as follows:
Probably akin to G2932 (through the idea of the pro-
prietorship of the manufacturer); to fabricate, thatis, found (formoriginally): – create, Creator, make.It is also interesting to note that ‘any man’ can alsobe translated ‘any thing’.
The new creation, therefore, is the original creation
that was found again by its founder and cleansedfrom the affects of time, renewed and refreshed.
The old creation is also the original creation, but in
a state of decay as it was subjected to corruption.In the same way as there is only one Creator, thereis only one creation.This one original creation has been in differentstates, namely ‘old’ or corrupted by the events intime, and ‘new’ or cleansed from the decay of timeand restored to its authentic glory.
There is no such thing as an evil creation – evil never
created anything.The only thing Satan can give birth to, is lies.In His death He did the unthinkable, He reachedback into the irreversibility of time and loosened
the grip of corrupting events from His creation. He
reaches back into timeless eternity and restores the
rst creation to a place of blameless innocence, wi
thout a trace of decay or any evidence that it wasever touched by sin.In Christ God preserved the logic that was in thebeginning, the design that was untouched by thefall, the motivation behind all of creation. In Christ
the Creator nds His creation and establishes such
a unity that it can never be lost again.
April 22, 2011