Mark 16:15

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

A New Creature (2)

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold all things are become new” (II Cor. 5:17). In last week’s article, we examined several things required by our becoming new creatures. What is so new about this new creature? Exactly what does it mean when it says, all things have become new? What are these all things? In this article we want to examine some of these “all things” that have become new.
Christians have a new heart. It has been “purified by faith” (Acts 15:9). With this new heart we are to love God and our brethren (Matt. 22:37-39). It is “purified in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren.” Therefore Peter urges, “see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (I Pet. 1:22). Instead of having “an evil heart of unbelief (Heb. 3:12) we are to have and maintain this “pure heart.”
Christians also have a new family. Christ said when one leaves “house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and fathers and lands with persecutions” (Mark 10:29-30). When one becomes a “new creature” he inherits a new family. Every member of the church becomes his brother or sister in Christ. Think of how many great aged Christian ladies that become “mothers” to us. It is a new family in which when one member suffers or rejoices, all of the members do the same (I Cor. 12:26). It is a new family from which we can receive support, comfort, and encouragement (Romans 12:15; I Thess. 5:11; Gal. 6:2). What a tremendous support group we have! When someone “speaks evil one of another” (James 4:11), he is speaking evil of my brother or sister; and I don’t appreciate that at all. Neither should you.
Christians have a new master to serve. Before becoming a “new creature” we “were servants of sin.” Sin, Satan, and unrighteousness were our master. We were slaves to it. But once we “obey from the heart that form of doctrine” we are “then made free from sin,” and we “become servants of” (Rom. 6:17-18). Paul informs us, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness (Rom. 6:16)? Our new master is “Lord of lords, and King of kings” (Rev. 17:14; I Tim. 6:15). What a change! Quite a difference from the “god of this world” (II Cor. 4:4).
This “new creature” also has new eyes. With these new eyes he can now see fields “that are white unto harvest” (John 4:35). These eyes are no longer blinded by the god of this world (II Cor. 4:3-4). Nor are they “darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Eph. 4:17). They are eyes that are not “dull of hearing;” nor are they “closed” due to prejudice (Matt. 13:15). We are to maintain these new eyes by “giving diligence to make our calling and election sure” (II Pet. 1:10). We do this by supplying the Christian traits named in II Peter 1:5-7 as we build the Christian life. We are promised, “If these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This promise is followed by the warning, “But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins” (II Pet. 1:8-9). Take care of these new eyes. Never take them off of Christ (Heb. 12:2). By all means, never “look back” (Luke 9:62).

Paul M. Wilmoth