Message 6 - By Jerry D. Green

A New Creation


Those who are truly born again of God are indeed new creations. As far as sin is concerned, they’re not evolving, progressing, getting better, doing better, or any such thing, but have “…put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). They are truly new creations who are born again, “…not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, BUT OF GOD” (John 1:13). My prayer is that this message will bring the reader to that understanding.  JDG


A New Creation

Many Christians today have taken up arms against the theory of evolution. They declare the earth did not just evolve, that life on the earth did not just evolve, and that man in particular did not just evolve. They insist the Word of God teaches creation rather than evolution and they take advantage of all their constitutional rights to oppose and resist this teaching.  Well I must admit, I agree with their doctrine on this matter (though not their methods), for the Word of God says, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3). The scriptures also say that, “In the beginning God created…” (Genesis chapters 1 and 2). “…God said, Let there be… and there was….” He simply spoke things into existence. The eternal, creative Word of God made all things, “…and without Him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). This creation is very important, for without it, none of us would be here. This was the first creation, and what a wonderful creation it was! Every need of man was provided for and man had perfect fellowship with God until the day that sin entered into it (Romans 5:12). Sin was the downfall of the whole creation which God had made, for this thing called sin was in the heart of every man thereafter. Every man thereafter was born in sin “…and there was NONE to help…” (Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 63:5). That first creation seemed beyond saving, so what was a just and loving God to do? He could destroy the first and create anew? But would that be just? After all, it's not our fault we were born in sin. Could the wisdom of God come up with a just solution? The answer is an emphatic YES, and that is exactly what He did. The intent of this message is to look into this thing called The New Creation.

Let me begin by pointing out that in many instances in the scriptures, the Greek word for creation (Strong’s #2937) was also translated creature.  In most cases the words creature and creation could be interchanged.  Please check this out in your “Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance” or other means of Greek research you may have.

The first specifics God gives concerning the new creation is Isaiah 65:17-18. “For, behold, I create NEW heavens and a NEW earth: and the former things shall not be remembered, nor come to mind.  But be ye glad and rejoice forever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing and her people a joy.” Praise God for such wonderful promises, but when will they be fulfilled? What is this Jerusalem, and who are her people? Can man ever expect to experience this wonderful new creation? The answers are all heartening. Concerning whom, “…And whosoever will…” (Revelation 22:17). Concerning when, “…all… (is now) …ready…” (prepared; Matthew 22:4). “…Now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2). Today is the day of salvation for everyone who has not yet heard and believed the true gospel of Jesus Christ which “…is the power of God unto salvation to EVERYONE that…” believes IT (Romans 1:16). You can be saved today and become a part of that new creation, the true church and body of Jesus Christ, which is the new Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12, 21:2; Hebrews 12:22-25). Individually we are her people (citizens). But collectively we are the city, “…the (new,) heavenly Jerusalem…,” the “…CHURCH of the FIRSTborn…,” “which is His body…” (Hebrews 12:22-23; Ephesians 1:22-23).

Jesus Christ Himself was, and is, “…the beginning of the (NEW) creation of God (Revelation 1:5, 3:14), …the FIRSTborn among MANY brethren” (Romans 8:29). He was and is the eternal, living, creative “…Word… (of God, by whom the old creation was) …made…; He was the creator of it. He is without beginning and without end (John 1:10; Revelation 1:8; Psalm 90:2). And “…if any man (anyone; any person) be (IN Him,) IN Christ (Jesus), he (that man, that one, that person) IS a NEW creature (creation): OLD… ([*] has) …passed away; (and) BEHOLD, all… ([*] true believers HAVE) …become NEW” (creatures [or creations] in Christ; II Corinthians 5:17; Revelation 21:5).


 * Things in the New Testament is always a translator added word. In some cases, as with other added words, it can be beneficial. In others, as in this case, added words can detract from, distort, and/or completely conceal what is actually being said. Please keep this in mind when reading the New Testament.


Being created anew (being born again) is the single most important thing that can ever happen to a person, “For IN Christ Jesus neither circumcision… (religious works) …nor uncircumcision (the absence of religious works) …availeth anything… (with God), …but (ONLY) a new creature” (a new creation; Galatians 6:15). Being born again IS being created anew, and creation is not a long drawn out affair: it is an instantaneous happening. When God says, let there be a new heart in this man, or woman, or boy, or girl, that is exactly what you get. There will be “…repentance toward God (for our sins), and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (and His gospel; Acts 20:21; Luke 18:13) before God speaks.  But when He speaks, you get it right then and it is absolutely perfect.  God’s creations are always perfect and they cannot be improved upon. Too bad that most of those same well meaning people who fight so hard against the theory of evolution concerning the old creation will fight just as hard for evolution concerning the new creation. They say about it, “we’re not there yet, but we’re getting there. We just need to try a little harder. We need a few more laws, a few more principles, a few more ordinances, and a little more instruction, then we’ll be what God wants us to be.” Just “…as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty… (his subtlety, even) …, so…” (are our) “…minds…corrupted from the SIMPLICITY that is IN Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3).  Anytime man adds anything to the perfect creation of God, it is corrupted. For IN Christ Jesus, nothing avails anything with God but a new creature (a new creation). Neither religious works nor the absence of religious works. He honors nothing but the new creature (the new creation). All of our many doctrines, ordinances, programs, and/or other religious works (which we think are absolutely essential to salvation) avail NOTHING with HIM. That is what Calvary was about. The OLD was hung on the cross “IN the body of His flesh…” (IN His physical body; Colossians 1:22). It was crucified and buried with Him, and we who truly believe the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, were and are raised again “…in NEWness of LIFE” IN Him (Romans 6:4-7). We’re NEW creatures, NEW creations; and together we constitute THE NEW CREATION.

Revelation chapters 21 and 22 are an allegory of this new creation; and what a beautiful creation it is. Please notice some of the things which are said concerning this new creation.

21:2 This city has its beginnings in heaven, prepared (adorned, clothed, dressed) as the bride of Jesus Christ (the Lamb of God): Created of Him, by Him, for Him, and in Him (Ephesians 2:10).

21:3 God dwells with His people (actually in them, Ephesians 2:22; John 14:20).

21:5  Behold He makes “…all… (all true believers [*]) …new” (* Things was added by the translators; Revelation 21:5; II Corinthians 5:17).

21:11 The glory of God is upon her (Ephesians 5:27).

21:12 She has a great wall: Her “…strength…” is in the believing of the true “…gospel of (Jesus, the) Christ… : which is both (“…the grace…”) and the “…power of God…” (Romans 1:16, 5:6; II Corinthians 12:9-10; Psalm 91).

21:14 Her wall has 12 foundations, the 12 apostles of the Lamb; the first or foundation preachers of the gospel (Ephesians 2:20).

21:19 Her foundations are garnished with all manner of precious stones (I Corinthians 3:12-13).

21:23 The Lamb is the light of this city (John 1:4; Matthew 5:14-16).

21:27 And anything that defiles can never enter into this city (I Corinthians 6:9-11).

Many would have us believe that God loves us so much we may enter this city in spite of our sin(s). But Revelation 22:14 and 15 say that all sinners are “…without…” (outside) of this city (I Corinthians 6:9-11). And I Corinthians 6:18 says, “…every sin that a man…” (a person) does “…is without (outside) the body… (of Christ),” outside, “…the heavenly Jerusalem…”, outside, the “…church of (Jesus) the FIRSTborn…” (Hebrews 12:22-23). “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:7-8). “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (II Timothy 2:19). Only those whose robes have been “…made… white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14; Hebrews 13:12) may enter through the gates of this city; and those who would enter any “…other way…” are thieves and robbers (John 10:1).

Revelation 4:11 finds all heaven worshiping and praising God as the creator of the old creation, but Revelation 5:9 says, “…they sung a new song…” unto the Lamb: a song of redemption. And thanks be to God, that redemption includes a new creation.

Would you, a sinner, be a part of this beautiful city we have discussed? If so, come to Jesus today and believe the glorious gospel of God’s redeeming Lamb. Yes you are worthy of death, and the sentence of death is upon you and all sinners. But if you can only believe it, that sentence of death was carried out in Him (Colossians 1:21-22). The old creation (your old man of sin, the sin nature) was and “…IS crucified (in union) with Him…” (Romans 6:6; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:22) and you “…ARE BURIED (in union) WITH Him by baptism (immersion) into (His) death (NOT water baptism): that like as Christ was raised…from the dead by the glory of the Father, …we also… (would) …walk in NEWness of life” (IN Him; Romans 6:4). We are raised in spiritual perfection, NEW CREATIONS IN Him, “…CREATED after God IN righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). We’re MADE free from sin, having been “…born again…” of God (Revelation 1:5; I Peter 1:3-23) and “…by the (sacrificed) body of (Jesus)  Christ… (we are also) …become dead to the law… (of Moses and of all men’s religious law[s]) that we may “…be married…” (joined) to Jesus (Romans 7:4); even to Him who has wiped away “…the… (written) …ordinances… (of laws, which were and are) …against us, which… (were and are) …contrary to us, and took… (them) …out of the way, nailing… (them) …to His cross” (Colossians 2:14), “…that we… bring forth fruit unto God” and that we “…SERVE Him… all the days of our life” on this earth and forever (Luke 1:74-75; Romans 7:4). So please, call on Jesus today in Godly sorrow for your sin and believe the glorious gospel of Him. His will is to save you if your will is to be saved.

Message 6 - A New Creation


The True Gospel

Why do we emphasize the true gospel so?

1. Because the true gospel is the only means by which man can be reinstated to fellowship with God.

2. Because IT is the account of the sufferings, the death, the burial, the resurrection, and the ascension of the Rock and Captain of our salvation (Jesus), and how by faith, IT was and is accomplished for and in us (Mark 8:31; Acts 1:11, 26:22-23; II Samuel 22:47; Hebrews 2:10; Ephesians 1:19-20, 2:5-6).

3. Because IT is the foundation upon which all other Biblical teaching must be based (I Corinthians 3:10-15).

4. Because “…IT is the POWER OF GOD unto SALVATION to…” all who will BELIEVE IT (Romans 1:16).

5. Because “…He (Jesus) said unto them (and to all true believers), ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach THE GOSPEL to every creature’ (Mark 16:15).



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