Christ makes all things new, right? (Is. 43:18, Eph. 2:15, Heb. 8:13, Rev. 21:5)
These verses include you! If you belong to Christ, you are new! Your natural state now is in Him. In Him you are the new nature, the new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).
Your natural state now is the new nature!
The new nature is no longer flesh, but spirit (Rom. 8:9). The new nature is a spirit being. We hear and receive from the LORD via the spirit. We navigate now in the spirit. We discern in the spirit. Our constant connection with Him is in the spirit. We live and move and have our being in the spirit (Acts 17:28).
The new nature is one spirit with the Holy Spirit of the Living God!
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you (Rom. 8:9).
God has completed the transformation of us in the spirit realm (which is reality, by the way) from darkness to light (Col. 2:11). Because of that internal change, we will notice over time changes taking place in our souls (mind, emotions, will, conscience). These changes are evidence of the Holy Spirit conforming our souls (in this dimension) to the image of our spirits which are now in the image of Christ. (If we don’t notice the subtleties, others will notice the changes over time as they can see us more objectively than we see ourselves.)
You may wonder…But how do I experience this new nature?
We experience the new nature over time by-
- Believing that you are the new nature simply because God says so. That’s faith.
- Acting on that truth more and more in your daily life. Baby steps are fine.
- Seeing evidence of your new nature manifest in your life, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant to you. This is the work of the Holy Spirit in you.
Imagine a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. Slowly crawling out. Trepidatious. Astounded at the freedom of movement he feels. Drying off. Moving his wings. Feeling out his new earth suit.
That’s what a believer does after salvation. He gets used to his new get-up! It’s brand new. It takes getting used to. It’s nothing like the caterpillar get-up. Completely different. From crawling around on leaves to flying around in the air! A new life altogether.
2 Peter 1:4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, escaping the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
By PARTAKING in the divine nature, the Scripture says, we ESCAPE the corruption of the world (2 Pet. 1:4). Wow! Spirit trumps flesh yet again.
This means that you PARTAKE in the divine nature by believing that you are the new nature. In that participation (agreement with God), you ESCAPE the world’s corruption. Cool!
But the enemy still works against us (1 Pet. 5:8). Of course!
On humans, the devil uses this lie:
“It’s not important what IS true, but what APPEARS to be true.”
The enemy uses this carnal mentality to manipulate the saints. He knows we have been made new by Christ. He knows God’s Word attests to this. He sees it in us in the spirit! What a threat! He also knows that our belief in God’s truth wields tremendous power over him. Barricading us from that power is his motive. Persuading us to rely on what APPEARS to be true is his clever strategy.
The enemy is hostile to us believing God. He trembles at the possibility that we could live by faith in God’s Word. He’s sickened by the threat of us growing up into Christ. He wants to have the upper hand in this. So, he lures and persuades us to believe feelings and circumstances over God’s Word, as if they define reality. Ha!
When we listen to the enemy of our souls, we lean on our own understanding… when the Scripture tells us emphatically NOT to do so (Prov. 3:5). Oops. Our human brains (our natural minds) are not designed to comprehend this spiritual truth. However, the Holy Spirit living inside us enables us to understand it, believe it, and enjoy it.
Truth and circumstances are two separate issues.
Truth never changes. Feelings and circumstances always change.
Growing in experiential knowledge of His grace stabilizes us in grace.
Growing in experiential knowledge of truth stabilizes us in truth (2 Pet. 3:18).
Growing in grace and truth stabilizes us in Christ (John 1:14).
GRACE + TRUTH = JESUS CHRIST.
Come Back to Your Senses!
In 1 Corinthians 13:34, it says, “Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning…” The saints in Corinth believed that they were still caterpillars! That’s why they kept sinning. Sinning is ALL a sinner can do. Get it?
The new nature cannot sin (1 John 4:17).
Sinning is all the unregenerate nature can do (Rom. 7:8).
It’s only when we -in a split second- believe that we are still the unregenerate nature that we sin at all. In that illusion, we are truly deceived.
Caterpillars haven’t transformed. Caterpillars can’t eat nectar. Caterpillars can’t fly.
Awake to righteousness (1 Cor. 15:34). In other words, wake up to your new nature! Remember who and whose you are. Shake yourself into reality. God’s reality. God has made you new! Renew your mind and let Him heal your broken heart so that you can agree with Him about yourself.
Isaiah 43:19 says, Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
The LORD has done this! He has done a new thing in you! He wants you to believe Him and rely on Him and watch the new nature manifest in your life by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s already happening. Do you have spiritual eyes to see what He’s doing in you?
The old is passing away. Behold, the new has already come (2 Cor. 5:17).
He transferred (past tense) you from darkness to light (Col. 1:13).
A PRACTIAL EXERCISE
Go stand in front of your bathroom mirror. Say out loud, “God says, I am the new creation, because of what He has done” (2 Cor 5:21). Tell your feelings that they are free to tantrum if they want, but that they’re not the boss. Tell your circumstances that they do not define reality; God does.
Continue to die on the hill of the grace and truth of Jesus Christ (John 1:14). This is called living by faith (Heb. 11:6). Your feelings will follow along in their own sweet time.
Your belief is the horse.
Your feelings and circumstances are the cart.
Aim to keep your horse BEFORE your cart at all times.
Agree with God by faith. Believe and act AS IF you are the new nature because God says you are. Your feelings and circumstances will follow over time (2 Cor 5:17).
God defines reality and He says you are brand new in Him. And so you are.
The new nature is your natural state now.
So… what must I to do to be the new nature? you may ask.
That’s the Good News. You don’t have to DO anything to BE who God has already made you in Christ!
Just believe Him (John 6:29).
Revelation 21:5 Behold I make all things new
2 Corinthians 5:17 If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; Behold, the new has come.
Ephesians 2:15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,
1 John 4:17 In this is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
Acts 17:28 For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Col. 1:13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
Col. 2:11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh[a] was put off when you were circumcised by[ Christ,
1 Pet. 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Romans 7:8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.
Heb. 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Isaiah 43:18 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.
Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Ephesians 4:24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Hebrews 8:13 In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
2 Peter 1:4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
John 1:14 We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 6:29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”