Faith Building Block 1

A New Creation in Christ

by Pastor John Hamel


We are going to be studying the six primary Building Blocks for developing strong faith.  If you are new to the message of faith or if you have been struggling to get your prayers answered, you have come to the right place.  


By the time you complete this short series your faith-level will be elevated.  


You will be well on your way to living the life of faith successfully.  Let’s begin.


“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)


Notice the Bible says any man or woman who has made Christ their Savior is a “new creature.”  Another translation of the Bible says a “New Creation.”


This is an astounding revelation.  When we come to Christ, God doesn’t just forgive our sins and leave us as we were.  He changes us.  


He changes us FROM children of Satan. (Ephesians 2:2)  


He changes us INTO children of God. (John 1:12)  


He actually translates us right out of the Kingdom of Darkness and delivers us safely into the Kingdom of Light. (Colossians 1:13)


This all occurs quite supernaturally.  


When we become “New Creations,” it doesn’t happen on the outside.  It doesn’t happen bodily.  We look exactly the same after we are Born Again as we did before we were Born Again.  


This is because the supernatural change occurs on the inside, in the spirit man.  Human beings are spirits, not bodies.  Look at this revealing verse of Scripture.


“God is a Spirit …” (John 4:24a)


This verse of Scripture reveals that God is a spirit being.  He is not a “force” or a “higher power” or “the man upstairs” or “whatever.”  


God is a Spirit.  This does not mean that He is a spook or a ghost.  


He is a spirit being with a spirit body.  He has spirit hands, a spirit face and all the other components necessary to make up a spirit body. (See Exodus 33:17-23.)  


Now let’s look at another verse.


“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” (Genesis 1:27)


This verse reveals that all human beings have been created in the image and likeness of God.  


That means that we are all spirit beings, not bodies.  Our bodies are simply our Earth suits.  You cannot live on Planet Earth without an Earth suit.  


Even Jesus had to “suit up” in an Earth suit to come here. (Hebrews 10:5)  


As soon as we become detached from our Earth suits, our spirits go off to their Eternal Destinies.  (Ecclesiastes 12:6,7)


As human beings we are spirits, created in God’s image.  We have souls.  Our souls are comprised of our minds, wills, intellects and emotions.  We only live in a physical body but this does not mean that we are a body. 


It is in our spirits that we become new creations when we are Born Again.  


God actually recreates our Born Again human spirits.  We become individuals who never existed before.  The old sinful nature actually passes away.  God gives a new spirit to each of us, one with His very life and nature within it. (Ezekiel 36:26,27)  


This is the Miracle of the New Birth!


Not only do we become brand new on the inside, we become children of God – family members.  We also become joint-heirs with Jesus.


“The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:16-17)


Everything Jesus owns now becomes ours.  This is what it means to become a joint-heir.  This is not a 50/50 proposition, either.  


Everything He owns is not half ours and half His.  Jesus owns everything and it all becomes ours as well. (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)  This is what joint-ownership entails.


Seem too good to be true, particularly in light of the past?  


Well, new creations have no past.  New creations never existed before.  As far as God is concerned, we have no former evil past.  


This is why Peter compares us to newborn babies.


“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby:” (1 Peter 2:2)


We are newborn babies and newborn babies have no past.  


New creations have no past.  All things are new and all things are of God.  


It is simply time to start living life over – the Life of Faith.


“But, Pastor, you don’t know what I’ve done!”


My response is usually, “And you don’t know what I’ve done.  All we need to know is that God is not holding our former lives against us.  Let’s just trust Him.”


“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)


This is Faith Building Block Number One.  


It is the most important one of all because if we don’t know it, we’ll live in condemnation over our past lives.  


This would severely hinder our ability to receive any of God’s promised blessings.


The Bible says we are new creations.  We never before existed.  This means there is no longer a past to be a problem.  It is only the future that matters now.


“But I’ve sinned since becoming a new creation.”  Well, sin is wrong.  However, repentance is right.  Ask God to forgive you and He will.


“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)


He promises to cleanse us of all “un” righteousness, when we slip and fall.  We then become righteous again.  Our Father truly is greater than all! (John 10:29)


Once you discover what God has done for you on the inside, you'll spend the rest of your life being successful at prayer on the outside.


Make this Faith confession daily.  “I am a brand new creation in Christ.”


Be Blessed … John and Barbara Hamel



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