A New Creation in Christ

We continue with our look at newness in New Testament verses, which culminate in New Jerusalem in the new creation. First Corinthians 11 speaks of “the new covenant” established by the Lord. To participate in this newness we have His redemption and a new birth.

New JerusalemSecond Corinthians 5:17 says, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” We are in Christ by believing into Him (John 6:29; Rom. 10:14). In Christ everything is new. Although we still have our fallen flesh, the amount we live in Himis the amount we are in His newness.

Here is Galatians 6:15: “For neither is circumcision anything nor uncircumcision, but a new creation is what matters.” Part of a footnote in the Recovery Version Bible* says,

The old creation was old because it did not have God’s element; the new creation is new because it has God as its element [2 Peter 1:4]. Although we are still the old creation, we experience the reality of the new creation when we walk according to the Spirit (Gal. 5:16, 25).*

The presence of God in Christ makes the new creation new. This is true today as an inward matter. In New Jerusalem the newness will be true both inwardly and outwardly.

* Footnote 1 on Galatians 6:15 in the Recovery Version Bible published and © by Living Stream Ministry. A New Testament of this Bible, with 9000 footnotes, is a available in multiple languages for free from Bibles for America, Bibles for Canada, Bibles for Europe.

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Posted by Don on May 8, 2024


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