Mark 16:15

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"

A New Creature (3)

We continue our study into the “all things” which become new when one obeys the Gospel and becomes a “new creature.” In our last article we noted that the Christian has a new heart, a new family, a new master, and new eyes.
The Christian also has a new mind. It is “the mind of Christ” (Phil. 2:8). This new mind is centered upon one thing, serving God and other people; we accomplish this by living sacrificial lives, by living obedient lives as we “walk in the light” (I John 1:7). Included with this new mind is a new thought process. One is to “set your affection on things above, not on the things on the earth, for ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3:2-3.) Note that these words are proceeded by “If ye then be risen with Christ” (Col. 1:1). As noted in an earlier article, when one is baptized into Christ, he is then raised to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4), and in this way one becomes a “new creature” (II Cor. 5:17). This new thought process causes one to think on “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report” (Phil. 4:8). This new thought process is important because it is from the heart that both good and bad originates (Matt. 12:34).
The Christian has a new tongue with which he is to speak the truth and spread the glad tidings of the Gospel (II Tim. 2:2). We are to “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15). We are to “speak every man truth with his neighbor” (Eph. 4:25). We are to “let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth” (Eph. 4:29). Even though the tongue is described as “a fire, a world of iniquity” and is “set on fire of hell” (James 3:6) when used properly it is an instrument of spreading the Gospel, encouraging, exhorting, sounding warnings, etc. Let us use our tongues “to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Eph. 4:29b).
The Christian has new feet. His feet no longer travel the road of sin. He is following the path that is illuminated by the word of God (Psa. 119:105). His feet are now “led in paths of righteousness” (Psa. 23:3). Instead of being “feet that be swift in running to mischief” (Prov. 6:18), they now “run with patience the race that is set before” them (Heb. 12:1), and they “walk in the light as He is in the light” (I John 1:7). Because the new creature abides in Christ, he “walks as He walked” (I John 2:6).
Christians have a new hope. Before becoming new creatures, the sinner was without Christ…having no hope, and without God in the world (Eph. 2:12). But now he has the “one hope” (Eph. 4:4) “which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). It is the hope of being “like Him” when he comes, a hope that causes us to “purify” ourselves “even as He is pure” (I John 3:1-3). This hope of glory is what causes us to “wait with patience” for it. Thus Paul declares that “we are saved by hope” (Rom. 8:24-25).
And the Christian has a new home to go to after this life is ended (II Cor. 5:1). We are only “strangers and pilgrims” while here; we are foreigners in a strange land trying to get home (I Pet. 2:11). We have a new home, described by Jesus as a “mansion” (John 14:1-6). Paul, nearing the end of his earthly pilgrimage, uttered these great words: “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing” (II Tim. 4:6-8). What a wonderful thought!
Let me urge all who read these words to become a new creature by obeying “from the heart that form of doctrine” at which time you will become “free from sin” (Rom. 6:17-18). Then let each of us as Christians allow “all things to become new,” as we “walk in newness of life” that we might be able to be presented to God “holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight” (Col. 1:22).

Paul M. Wilmoth