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“… if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

My Bible contains the following note: “The Holy Spirit gives us a new life, and we are not the same anymore. We are not reformed, rehabilitated, or reeducated–we are re-created.”


I like the sound of that, but that begs the question,

“How can we be RE-created?

The first step to being NEW or RECREATED is salvation. Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:3-6 that he must be born again. The New Revised Standard Version reads, “No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above [or born anew].” Without Christ, without being born from above, it is impossible to be made new.

Second, we must put off the old and put on the new.

Ephesians 4:22-24
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

The Greek word, enduō, for “putting on” is in the sense of sinking into a garment.

Have you ever purchased a new outfit, and then covered it up with old clothes? Of course not. When you buy something new, you want others to see it. You take off the old clothing, cast it aside, and put on the new clothes. Then you likely stand in front of the mirror and say to yourself, “Yep, I look good.”

This is the picture Paul painted for us. When Christ makes us a new creation, we must cast aside our old habits and sins so that our new life reflects the Lord Jesus Christ. Others must see the new work the Lord has done in us.

Genesis 1:26-27 tells us that we were created in the image of God. Adam Clarke wrote that “God is the model. It is not a degree of moral good which the soul is to receive by Jesus Christ, it is the whole image of God; it is to be formed according to God; the likeness of the Divine Being is to be traced upon his soul.”

We must give the Holy Spirit control of everything – our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We can’t be REcreated without allowing Him dominion over ALL of our being.

Once we’ve given Him control, many things will be cast aside. Read Ephesians 4:25-31, Romans 13:11-13, and 1 Peter 2:1-5 for partial lists of the sin that must be removed from our life by crucifying it to the cross (Romans 6:6).

Then, when others look at us, they will see a new creation wrapped in an armor of light—the LIGHT of JESUS.

Romans 13:12 & 14
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. … clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Make a commitment in 2012 to put on your armor of light every single day and clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ. Then you will be a NEW CREATION created in the image of your Holy God.

    Scripture Prayers for the week:

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old. Lamentations 5:21-22


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