Bible Studies & Devotionals
From Olive Branch Ministries
By Mark and Tinsley Baker
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Are You a New Creation?
2 Corinthians 5:17.Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Salvation - The New birth. When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord, Savior and Redeemer , You were Born again. You - Your inner man, your spirit - was reborn. You literally (actually) became a new creation!
Sin causes spiritual death.
Until you were born again, accepted Jesus as your Savior, Redeemer - you were spiritually dead.
John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
John 3:15-17: "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
When you believe in Jesus, you are born again, you are a new creature.
But what does that mean- New Creature?
It means that Jesus died on the cross for you! He went to hell and defeated Satan for you!
And in 3 days, the power of God raised Him from the dead as the first born of God. The first born again man, the first reborn man, the first new creation.
Jesus was called the only begotten of God in the Gospels. After the Gospels He is called the first begotten, except where it is referring back to Him. If He's the first begotten and no longer the only begotten, then there must be more. We don't use the Word begotten in today's English, it means born, or born of, the first born of God. If Jesus was the first born, and the Word of God says He was, then there was a second born and a third born and so on …
Acts 13: 29-34,37,38: "And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead; and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, 'Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee.' And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption…but he whom God raised up saw no corruption…Let it be known to you therefore, brethren, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,"
The Life giving power of God, raised Jesus from the dead and changed Him from
corruptible to incorruptible. The Bible says so! The Word of God tells us Jesus became sin, This is not saying He sinned, He became Your and my sin, who else's sin could He become?
That same power God used to raise Jesus from the dead, is the Same Power God will use to restore your spirit! He will give to you the right to be a Son of God. He will make You literally A NEW CREATION.
-- American Standard Ephesians 2:1: "And you did he make alive, when ye were dead through your trespasses and sins,"
We were already alive in the physical sense weren't we? Of course we were. That sounds silly to say such a thing, we were spiritually dead, We had to be made alive, we had to be reborn.
Paul said in the book of Romans …
Romans 7:9 I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10. And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12. Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.
13. Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.
Paul was not talking about His physical life, if He was dead physically, he could not have written this. That may sound like an obvious point, but I want you to see that Paul is talking about his spirit. The Word tells us that the wages of sin is death. He said here…
But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me. We know that he was not talking about his physical life at this point. Sin causes spiritual death.
-- Webster's Bible 1 Corinthians 1:18: "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; but to us who are saved, it is the power of God."
When you are born again--- you are born of incorruptible seed.
THAT INCORRUPTIBLE SEED IS THE VERY LIFE OF GOD!
-- Webster's Bible 1 Peter 1:23: "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."
-- Webster's Bible John 5:26: "For as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;"
The Father has Life. He has granted life to His Son, Jesus!
This Life we are talking about is the ABSOLUTE LIFE OF GOD!
The Greek word is Zoë- it means the absolute Life of God. Life as God has it.
The Life of God in Jesus!
It means ALL THE LIFE GOD HAS TO GIVE!
-- American Standard 1 John 1: 1-3: " That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld, and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life (and the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare unto you the life, the eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us); that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you also, that ye also may have fellowship with us: yea, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ:"
When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior that eternal life, that Zoë Life, came to dwell in you!
YOU BECAME A NEW CREATION - WITH THE LIFE OF GOD IN YOU!
The Zoë Life - all the Life God has to give - comes into you and changes you!
It remakes your spirit! Your spirit, the real you, is born again!
Old things are passed away! Your sinful nature is dead.
You are a literal New Creature! A new spirit being - a God filled, Zoë Life, filled creature.
You have in you the absolute life of God. You have in you all the Life God has to give. This Zoë Life is the very life and nature of God!
All the Life God has to give abides in you, forever if you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior.!
You are a New Creature! You are new, the old has passed away!
If you want to know for sure that you are a child of God, and want to receive this life, then I would like to introduce you to my Lord, all you have to do is pray this prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. Your word says, "…and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (Jn.6:37), So I know You won’t cast me out, but You take me in, And I thank you for it. You said in your Word, "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'' (Ro. 10:13).
I am calling on Your name, So I know You have saved me now, You also said, "…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation." (Ro.10:9,10).
I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe He was raised from the dead for my justification. And I confess Him now as my Lord, Because Your Word says, "… with the heart one believes to righteousness…" and I do believe with my heart, I have now become the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:21),
And I am saved! Thank You, Lord!
I can now truthfully say, I see myself as a born again child of God!
Glory to God!!!! Amen.
NOW YOU ARE A NEW CREATION!
Read and Meditate on the Following Confession:
Say it to yourself over and over until you get it into your spirit, (your inner man).
I have God’s Life in me! I have God’s Nature in me!
I am a New Creation.
Old things are passed away.
My sinful nature is passed away.
I have God’s nature in me - God’s nature is Righteousness and Love.
I am the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
There is therefore, no condemnation to me, because I am in Christ Jesus, A New Creation!
I have been created by The Life of God - in Righteousness, Holiness and Truth.
I am the Righteousness of God in Christ and I walk in His Righteousness and Love Every Day!
Glory to God amen.