Living as a New Creation
One of the things we are learning from the second half of Ephesians is that we, as Christians. are new creations. Chapters 4-6 of Ephesians deal with practical, day-by-day matters which all of us face. The wonderful news of Ephesians is that we don't, face the temptations and trials of life from the same perspective as the Dp5terson--we face life as a new creation.
II Cor. 5:17 ''If any man be in Christ he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.''
Galatians 6:15 says ''In Christ we are... a new creature.''
Ephesians 4:24 says we are to ''Put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.''
As Christians, we are new creations: The old life of sin has been defeated and destroyed by repentance, the old nature has been conquered by crucifixion, and now we stand as new creations. We have new goals, values, desires, attitudes, thoughts, actions, new everything.
As Christians we have not just been repaired but totally renewed!
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I believe it grieves God's heart for His new creations to live and act as though they've never been changed. It breaks God's heart for a saint to live and act like a lost sinner. I don't understand what would ever make a person who has become a new creation go back to the old life of sin and depravity.
11 Peter 2:22 says it is ''like a dog returning to his vomit again, and a sow that is washed returning to wallow in the mire.''
I think there are two possible reasons for people Who claim to have a born-again experience to return to life of sin and living in the filth and pollution of the flesh:
They have never really been saved.
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