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Are You a New Creature?

2 Corinthians 5:17 Tells us: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Notice how the words be and he is are italicized to note their importance. If any man is truly IN Christ or saved by the blood of Christ, and Christ is his master, then he is a new creature! Old habits and bad choices are passed away and we are become new IN CHRIST. I know that when we are first born again, we are babes in Christ and we need time to grow in Him and to become more like Him with each passing day. We grow by staying close to Him just as a newborn baby stays close to its Momma and its family.

I am referring to those who claim to be bought by the blood of Jesus, but we see no fruits or evidence of that. It appears that some choose to stay in their old sinful ways even though they may have accepted God’s free Gift of Salvation from Hell. They have their “ticket” to Heaven, but they do not want to know or remember that Jesus said, “Go and sin no more,” and “feed my sheep.” The Great Commission that Jesus gave when he went back to Heaven was for all of us, not just our Pastors and Spiritual Leaders. What was the Samaritan woman’s first instinct after Jesus told her “all that ever she did?” She went and told everyone she knew about Jesus and brought them to Him. If you do a study on how the apostles were chosen by Jesus, you will find the same reaction to their knowing Him. They brought others to Him.

I know that, for the most part, we all have our times of backsliding. I know I had mine when the world dealt me what I thought were “raw deals.” The biggest reason that happens is that we become centered on our selfish flesh, choose to go away from our fellowship with other believers and “the assembling of ourselves together.” Then we just cannot find the time to fellowship with God, nor to spend time in His Great Guidebook, the Holy Bible. Before we know it, we become comfortable in a sinful lifestyle and numb to the prompting of the Holy Spirit’s sweet voice who is constantly, softly calling us back to a relationship with our Saviour. When we choose to ignore that prompting for very long, God will let us wallow in our sin and face dire consequences of it. While Jehovah God is truly a loving God (I mean, He continually forgives us and welcomes us back into His arms over and over again), some forget that He is also a Just and Holy God and His very presence commands justice and righteousness. This world, of which satan is the ruler, offers many temporary delights to get us hooked to it. Then, when the evil one knows he does not need to be threatened by us and our witness, he tosses us out like garbage. He wins!

The thought that God has laid on my heart over the past couple of years is that even though we may have our “Ticket to Heaven,” we will still stand before Jesus and give account to Him, face to face, of all our actions after we said yes to His Saving Grace. Others who reject Him will be thrown into Hell, kicking and screaming, and most definitely some will look each of us in the eye and ask, “why didn’t you tell me this would happen?” It is so very important that we all remember that when we claim the Salvation of Jesus Christ, the lost world watches every move we make. Our actions could bring some to Jesus, or we could pacify satan and let our sinful lifestyles help them to eternal torment in Hell. And there is a Heaven and there is a Hell and they are for ETERNITY! We are going to one place or the other, FOREVER!

So, if we truly be in Christ, we are NEW CREATURES! Old things have passed away, let’s leave them there and let God make all things new in our lives. “They will know us by our fruits!” Are we living as new creatures so as to lead others to Christ, or are we backsliding or, God forbid, not truly bought by the precious blood of Jesus.

MAKE YOUR CALLING SURE!! And if it is sure, stay under the protective wings of your Creator, Jehovah God! Enjoy the strength that is found in gathering with other strong and mature believers who are truly letting their lights shine for Jesus. Stay in His Word daily. We have no protection of our own from that evil destroyer who prowls to and fro in this world seeking whom he may destroy and devour! But oh, the power in the name of Jesus and the reminders of God’s truths from His Word! When Jesus was tempted by the destroyer, what did He do? He reminded that evil being of truths from God’s Word by quoting Scripture. Do you know God’s Word well enough to do that?

One last thought – Christmas is all about Jesus. We call it His birthday. Have you thought about giving Him a birthday gift? I wonder how you would feel if someone gave you a birthday party and everyone but you got a gift. Hmmmm.

Perhaps Christ would really love the gift of our commitment to truly being the NEW CREATURES in Him that His Word says we are when we are truly Saved by His Sacrifice.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 5

II. Justification takes place during our divine moment of Salvation

A. What is Justification – the judicial act of God’s grace whereby He declares the believing sinner “not guilty.” To be declared innocent. To be acquitted. God not only forgives us of the sin and lifts the penalty from us, but He forgets the crime and sees us as though we had never committed it.

Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”

Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

Isaiah 44:22 “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.”

Psalm 79:9 “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.”

Isaiah 1:18 “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.”

2 Samuel 12:13 “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.”

Mark 2:5-11 “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.”

Colossians 2:13 “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;”

Our Preacher is always sharing this layman’s definition of Justification: “Just as if I’d never sinned.” It brings it to reality in my mind.

B. How justification works – it works by imputing (putting to another’s account) – the believer’s sin to Christ and Christ’s righteousness to the believer.

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

C. How we are justified:

1. By Faith – Romans 3:24-28 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”

Romans 4:5 “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

Acts 13:39 “And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”

Galatians 3:24 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

2. By the Blood of Jesus Christ – Romans 5:9 “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

3. By a Free Gift – (See Romans 3:24-28 above) – Romans 5:16-18 “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”

4. By the Name of the Lord Jesus – 1 Corinthians 6:11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

5. By His Grace – Titus 3:7 “That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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