A New Creation - Evening Service


Author: Dale Smal Date: Sunday, October 4, 2015 Campus:

Identity – New Creation.

Let’s set some clear points before I go anywhere…

I believe that the bible it true. It is the word of God given to us through the Holy Spirit and written by man.

It’s been a hard journey to realise this.

 Can it all really be true?

When we become a Christian there are several things that we experience.

We experience the Love of Christ in overwhelmingly powerful way. We invite The Holy spirit to meet with us for the first time.

For most people this is an experience. It’s not some thing they’re read in a book.

It’s an actual encounter with the Living God.

They are taken on a journey, usually guided by someone who has already walked that journey themselves.

They are excited and enthusiastic. They want more!

Of course they do.

They just encountered the Living God.

The almighty creator of the Heaven and Earth!

The alpha and omega….!

Then we baptise them in water after a brief explanation of it’s meaning and significance regarding being a new creation and hand them an 18 hundred year old book and go….enjoy…. off you go. God’s word is clearly written out in here…..

It’s all very clear!

What does it mean to be a new creation?

What does it mean to know that you are accepted.

To know you are loved.

That you are welcome.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made!

You are a Son!
You are a Daughter…..of our heavenly father

There is a disclaimer here. Our heavenly father is not a reflection of our earthly father.

Some of us have wonderful fathers….

some of us don’t have great fathers

and some of us don’t have fathers at all.

but it’s clear in the bible
 

2 Corinthians

‘I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,

It’s say’s it in the bible over and over. We are sons and we are daughters.

We are adopted

Romans 8:14

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[f] And by him we cry, ‘Abba,[g] Father.’ 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

From the start. From the moment of Adam and Eve we have embraced the gift of freewill. One of the most amazing gifts God has given us.

Not only have we embraced it in a way that takes us far from the calling of God on our lives. But also in searching for him.

So many people today are seeking God in some very weird places.

For the most part after we become Christians the next several years are consumed as we try to change our lives to fit into the template that we as Christians project.

It honestly saddens me that most new Christians I meet spend their time trying to stop drinking so much, or smoking.

“I need to stop swearing and go to union group and hang out with better people….”

It’s kind of like some budhist zen thing…..

“I have obtained the 4th level of holy, behavioral enlightenment because now when I go out on only have a J20 that I have watered down as to not be too strong!”

My next level comes when I attend union group so regularly that I’m there even when it’s not on because my leaders are away on holiday!”

So many people are searching and trying to do things in their lives that will bring them closer to God. Or whatever they’ve decided to name it at that time…

You know what.

The difference in Christianity. There is no goal to obtain.
To chase morality leads to emptiness.

To perform will get you nowhere.

The beauty is we just have to accept that we are Son’s… That we are daughters….  We are loved and our sins our addictions whatever crap there is…. It was dealt with when Jesus died as a sacrifice for our sins!

Honestly rather then trying to be moral Christians that look and behave the right way…. I think that time could be better served getting stuck into some worship and praise, prayer, reading the bible.

Our time is not wasted if we chase Jesus..

We naturally gravitate towards God under these circumstances.

When invest our time in a relationship with someone we become closer to that person. We learn more about them. We want to better ourselves for them.

Not because that person will stop that relationship with us if we don’t. But because that person has accepted us as we are and we want to be a better person for them.

As we move towards a closer relationship with God we do become more like him.  It’s when the sin, the addiction the crap starts to fall away.

We don’t live under it’s influence. We’re made new again. We are a new creation. Adopted by our heavenly father, covered by Jesus’s sacrifice and with Holy Spirit residing in us and guiding us.

2 Corinthains 14-19 Message

Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.

Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins

The popular line is buried in the NIV version of this passage “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!”

As a new Christian we are told we are new creations.

I wonder do we truly believe it? Do we understand the implications of what is said here?

And I’m not just talking about new Christians. Young, old, new…. Even older….. Do we understand?

Do we actually live our lives as new creations in his image….

If we understand that we made in his image. Then we understand that out identity can come only through him.

Adam and Eve are in the Garden of Eden. Made in God’s image. Made to walk and talk with him. To enjoy all the fruits of life that God has blessed us with.

When they sinned. When they went against the will of God. They tried to hide from him then separated themselves from him.

Thus they were given what they had asked for. By disobeying God they accepted the choice to live in this world. 

Gen 3:21-23

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live for ever.’  So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.

We don’t explain that when we mean new creation that we are talking about the restoration of us to God through the sacrifice of his sinless son.

Admittedly that sounds not as catchy as the word New creation

Now we don’t get the full restoration as Adam and Eve experienced it. That comes in heaven. But we get a measure of it in that we can walk with God, we can have an active two way relationship with Him!

These things are explained in the bible. They are written down. By accepting that we are given newlife through the death of Jesus. We also have to look at accepting the words written in this book. Whether they’re hard to stomach or wonderful to behold.

Colossians 3:15-17 put all of what I’ve said into two easy to remember lines.
I’ve taken this from the message version.

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

When I met Christ a wonderful family, The Goldring family walked me through that journey they weren’t plucking theology from mid air. They would read their bible. Listen to messages and podcasts. They had and still have an active relationship with God where they spend time with him in praise and worship.

They allowed the word of God, The message to have run of the house. And they gave it plenty of room!

Great!

By taking in the word of God we move away from our sin to become more like him. Like a new creation as it was supposed to be from the start….

 

Sadly one of the biggest problems we have is pride…. I know there are people here who are saying well yes I am a new creation…. But God cant deal with this ….thing…. or situation…. in my life. Or even I don’t want him to deal with it…

I can do this. I don’t need to surrender it to him.

Pride

 

When I found Christ, to start with I kind of accepted the concept I had been born anew. But I still did not accept that my sin was completely covered…. I really struggled to believe that God could deal with the sin born out of my past life my past relationships with the opposite sex…

 

In the end it took a very good friend to put me straight. Her name is Candice Hall.

She’s Canadian. I’m not going to do one of my legendary accents!

We were having an argument in a corridor at bible school. I was trying to express that I didn’t think God could or wanted to deal with that area of my sin.

 

She got angry!

“You think that you sin is so different to everyone else’s. You think you’re sin is so special that it cant be dealt with. By not accepting that God covers all sin you are effectively saying Jesus dying for you wasn’t enough!”

 

My pride wouldn’t let me accept that Jesus was enough.

There is nothing I do to remove my past actions. No amount of sobbing or sorrys change it.

God doesn’t change it for us. But he says give it to me.

We all have sin in our lives. The bad things that we deal with on a daily basis.

Do we truly accept the principle. Not the idea. The principle that Jesus dying was enough?

Corinthains 3:1-4 Message

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.

By accepting that Jesus died for us we also must accept that all of our sins are covered. That we are New creations on the road to eternity with him. That no matter what he loves us the same…. As sons and daughters, sin or no sin in our lives…. And that nothing can change that.

An identity in Christ means everything is in him. It is covered by him.

I think we forget that…. And I just though we might need a reminder…