A New House from Old Materials?
It seems many professing believers react to the concept of being a new creature and walking in the Spirit as in the following example. Someone is in contact with the builder of a new subdivision and tells them they want to build a new house using the materials from their old house. Obviously that would be a pretty dumb idea, but no less dumb than trying to build spiritual maturity with parts of our dead man of our first birth flesh. The old man died; the new man is spiritual and able to communicate with the Father of spirits
Going on with this scenario, the builder (Joshua in this case) would of course instruct the potential new home buyer that this is not a possibility. He would further explain that it is not part of His assignment (Hebrews 10:7-10) nor is it the type of new city that He is involved in creating. He goes on to say that the exact design is according to His Father’s will. This will of the Father creates the necessity to bulldoze all old buildings. He goes on to say it must be destroyed and buried to be in accordance with the law. A new house could then be built using new incorruptible material which could be found in I Peter 1:23.
All Things Become New
Scripture points out the same principle in other ways. If you put a new patch on an old garment it makes it obvious that the patch is new, and the garment is old. Nowhere in Scripture does God speak to us believers instructing us that we will be born again and made in the same way of the same material that we were made of before the new birth takes place. We are new creatures – all old things are passed away and all things are become new. Not only new, but our new birth is not of a corruptible seed, but of an incorruptible seed of God. There is no sin in this seed from which we have sprouted and from which we are continuing to grow as branches of this sinless vine. My spirit and every true believer has been joined to Christ and has been separated from the sin that is jailed/condemned in my flesh. God has provided the means by which my flesh will be freed from sin when the fulfillment of 1 Corinthians 15:52-54 occurs. My spirit is eternally connected to the vine found in John 15:5, placed there by the operation made without hands in Colossians 2:11-13 and being sanctified as shown in 1 Corinthians 1:30; all of which are the works of God and His Christ.
What do You Think?
Any thoughts other than these come dangerously close to that spoken in Hebrews 9:14 concerning those who would devalue the blood of Christ. Many professing Christ think that Christ’s blood is not enough to purge the conscience of guilt. That is what frees us from the guilt of dead works in order that we may serve God in Spirit. Following that same thought, see doing despite to the Spirit of grace in Hebrews 10:29. The importance of the covenant between God the Father and the Son found in Hebrews 10:9 –10 cannot be overemphasized. In the grasping of the covenant meaning, we see the reality of eternal security, and from where it stems. We must remember that it is Christ’s presence with the Father that has become our intercession for our reoccurring disobediences and our past sins.
Christ’s work as pertaining to sin no longer requires any labor on His part. He has finished the work of the agreement that He had with the Father when he came in the volume of the book as it was written of Him. Careful examination of Hebrews, the 10th chapter, reveals that the covenant existed solely between the Father and the Christ of God.
The behavior of men and women does not enter into or effect the outcome of this covenant. This Is a contract between two parties – God the Father and Christ Jesus. In this accomplished agreement we see the immutability that Is the steadfast anchor of our soul because God cannot lie.
Do we dare number ourselves with those who think to add to the perfectness of this covenant between God and his Christ? One need only examine the perfection of His plan for dealing with sin, in order to see that it needs no intervention from man. The impending judgment on transgressions will take place; it will affect all who have not fled for refuge in Christ’s finished work. Hebrews 10:26 warns all who will continue in willful sin and refuse His grace, after they have received the knowledge of forgiveness for sin, turn from the holy commandment (2 Peter 2:21), thus trampling the blood of Christ under foot. This is a perfect example of the outworking of self-righteousness. Ponder the words would not submit to the righteousness of God in Romans 10:3.
Submit shows true humility to the One who accomplished the covenant between God and Christ. It is only and always pride that resists submission to grace. It is pride and false humility that says I can and must do my part to be worthy of salvation. This same pride works after salvation in some who claim their obedience to the law of Moses is how they stay acceptable to God.
When we become new creatures in Christ it becomes our responsibility to conduct our walk in newness of life, in the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter, that which being under the law requires. Scripture of Titus 1:15 is clear as to the man or woman who knows they are pure, to them all things are pure. The why is found in their complete trust in the fact that their standing in Christ is blameless. Where no Law is, there is no transgression as revealed in Romans 4:15. It goes to the simple truth, citing a corpse for a violation of law has no effect. The one who was under the law is now crucified with Christ. More importantly he is a new creature in Christ and thereby pure and sanctified in God’s view! In 1 John 3:3 we see the man who knows he has been made pure by Christ’s finished work yielding to the outworking of God’s will and pleasure in his life as noted in Phil 2:13.
Righteousness Through His Finished Work
The Holy Spirit came to dwell within each believer and is testifying of the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ and what He accomplished by it. The Holy Spirit is not in us testifying of the impending condemnation by the law or the Commandments which were taken out of the way and nailed to the cross of Jesus.
Look to 2 Corinthians 3:8 -11 to see the Spirit testifying of the grace and glory brought to man through Christ. If as believers we still preach adherence to the law of Moses as a source of righteousness in Christ, then Christ shall profit us nothing, as the apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians, which is still, of course, applicable to us. We have a responsibility as believers to allow the Holy Spirit of God to speak through us to each other, and to the world of His wonderful grace by which we are saved and sustained. For Christ has supplied righteousness through His finished work, accomplishing for us that which we could not accomplish by any means other than submission to his finished work. If we choose to submit we are then obedient to God’s command of John 6:29 believing on the One sent from Him.
Righteousness through obedience to the law was impossible before we were saved and we cannot accomplish it now after we are saved. We are dependent upon the Spirit of God for our standing in righteousness and our walk in obedience, even though these are two different aspects of our relationship to God. Even when we are disobedient to our Father, we are nonetheless found in Christ’s righteousness. This is the established fact, because God no longer meets those whom He has saved as a judge, but now He welcomes us to the throne of grace as our heavenly Father. Our walk in Christ, in His Spirit, can only be accomplished in the same way that our salvation was accomplished, through His death and our death into Him, which results in our being raised in newness of life with the full opportunity to walk in total dependence upon him moment by moment.
Keeping our old man alive and guilty in our thoughts and not treating him as a corpse that has been crucified becomes then a constant source of frustration for the believer. If that were not bad enough, Scripture illustrates clearly that this practice builds our eternal rewards of wood, hay and stubble instead of valued treasures. We are obligated to give thanks to God our Savior because of Christ’s finished work that sanctifies our spirit, making us acceptable to God Himself while making all of our behavior to fall inside the safety of being hidden in a sinless Christ’s finished work and out of the reach of judgment.
For as believers we must come to understand that not only was Jesus crucified to be then freed from our sin, so are we also crucified with Him. Christ was judged guilty while burdened with our sin, thus He was judged by God the Father to be deserving of the penalty of death. We also must answer to the demands of the law for this sin that is in our lives, we must die. Believers must choose to believe that they have paid the penalty of death by being crucified with Christ through faith. That is the beginning point for grasping that we are new creatures, completely acceptable to the holy God who is now our Father, and deals with us accordingly. Being in the faith can be better stated as being positioned in Christ’s faithfulness. What comes through our acceptance of our death, burial, and resurrection with Him enables us to walk in newness of life.
In conclusion, to view the new man that I am in Christ as if I am still the same sinful creature that I was before my rebirth is to deny the accomplishment of God the Father’s Will and Christ’s finished work concerning the effectiveness of the covenant facts stated in Hebrews 10:9- 10.