Creatures, Need New Features
"Therefore if any man
be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new."
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
It is impossible to be in the Lord
Jesus Christ without also being a new creature. To put it another
way; it is impossible to be a new creature without being in Christ.
Thus, whatever puts one into Christ also makes that one a new creature.
Paul plainly teaches that salvation is in Christ (2 Timothy 2:10).
It is simply impossible to be saved outside of Christ! It is equally
impossible for one to be a new creature if that one is still outside
of Christ. Entrance into Christ is therefore, a matter of supreme
and eternal importance.
How does one enter into Christ and
become a new creature?
"For as many of you as
have been baptized INTO Christ have put on Christ" (Gal.
"Know ye not, that so
many of us as were baptized INTO Jesus Christ were baptized into
his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of
the Father, even so we also should walk in NEWNESS of life"
The Scriptures clearly teach that baptism
preceded by faith, repentance and confession puts one into Christ.
When one is raised from the watery grave of baptism he is raised
as a new creature to walk in newness of life. He has crossed over
from spiritual death into spiritual life (John 5:24).
Baptism may complete the conversation
of a lost sinner into a saved sinner, but in many senses the conversion
process from old creature to new creature has really just begun.
NEW CREATURES MUST EXHIBIT NEW FEATURES!
It is not enough to merely claim to be a new creature. A change
must be evident. When Saul of Tarsus was converted he exhibited
the features of a new creature. The old man had died and had been
buried never to be resurrected again. This did not mean that Saul
would never sin again; it simply meant that he was no longer enslaved
in service to sin. Thus, Saul, who became Paul, knew better than
anyone what being a new creature was all about. Paul wrote to the
new creatures at Colassae and instructed them to put off the features
of their old creature and put on the features of a new creature
in Christ (Colosians 3:1-17). A new creature must work toward being
clothed with the features and the characteristics of Jesus Christ
Are you a new creature in Christ? More
importantly, are you exhibiting the features of a new creature in
March 2, 2003
On March 2nd we will break ground on our building project.
Following our morning services, we will have a short ceremony
in front of the building.
Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for our fellowship
meal. This meal will be provided by the church. So ladies
(and men) you do not have to worry about preparing something
for the fellowship.