Here it is, in a nutshell: When we came to Christ, we buried the old life. And then God gave us new lives. We became part of Christ’s new creation.
And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives (Romans 6:4).
Just as Christ left his earthly life behind and lived in a resurrected body, we leave behind our old lives and live in a new dimension of life.
How can words capture the magnitude of this, Lord Jesus? Give us a glimpse of who we really are now, resurrected to be a part of your new creation. Open our eyes to the wonderful truth of this hope.
For a long time, I thought this “dying” only meant that I should, by my own sheer willpower, put behind me all my old attitudes and behavior. Get rid of that old, sinful stuff! Be more like Christ!
That didn’t work out so well. (My willpower against my old nature? Willpower doesn’t stand a chance. I don’t have the strength to give myself this new life.)
What this does mean, instead, is that God is creating me anew. I’m living a New Creation life.
Or, to put myself in the big picture, in God’s plan to make all things new, I have become part of His new creation! The life He gave me belongs to the new creation world, not to this old, sin-corrupted, decaying, dying one.
Christ’s resurrection began that process of new creation. In Revelation, as He speaks to John, He refers to Himself as “the beginning of God’s new creation” (Revelation 3:14 NLT).
In my Bible, the word beginning is asterisked – the footnote expands on the word, stating that it could also be translated as the ruler or the source.
Christ is the source, the beginning, the ruler of God’s new creation. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he refers to Christ as the firstfruit of those God raised from the dead. He is the first to be resurrected to new life, and many other sons and daughters will follow.
That resurrection of sons and daughters is not referring only to resurrection after physical death, on some future day. That will come too. But we are also resurrected, born to a new kind of life, today, here, now. We have a new connection to God (and to others in the Kingdom!), He gives us a new heart, we have a new power for living, a new purpose and mission on earth—all things we’re going to take a look at in the next weeks.
We close the book on the old, and God begins His new creation within us.
Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.
© Elaine Starner 2015
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