The New Birth – New Creation in Christ
A Viral Doctrinal Knowledge by Rev. Jay Werman.
“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.:Colossians 2:12-17
Text base: John 3:1-12
- The New Birth is the act by which God imparts, or give, His divine nature (eternal life) to those who accept the justification that he provided through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus.
- The New Birth in the biblical context means, “Being born from above”, and literally means “must be a part of God Transformation and Renewal in divine justice and holiness to be saved.” Colossians 2:12-17; 3:1-6.
In John 3:1-12 Jesus uses a key phrase in the transformation of the human being, the expression “born again.” Notice that Jesus told Nicodemus;
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again he can not see the kingdom of God.” V.3
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins….And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven”Colossians 1:13-14, 20
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he (God, The Father) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”2 Corinthians 5:17-21
These passages shows the process by which we’re saved through the confession and belief that Jesus is our savior.
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.”Ephesians 5:23
One thing that I have to clarify is that Paul used a comparison between the relationship that is supposed to existe between Husbands and wives, having as an example the relationship Christ and his body, which is the church. Paul is not saying that the church is the bride of Christ, as many are teaching for many years. Rather Paul is using a term of “relationship”, and not the term of “identity”. What to know who is the Bride of Christ? According to the scriptures the bride of Christ of “The New Jerusalem”.
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband….And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious….”Revelation 21:2, 9-11
Most people confused the terms used for Paul, and by doing that had created many differents doctrines, which have brought forth confusion. But the scriptures are very clear in the subject.
As born again, we’re now the body of Christ:
“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”Ephesians 1:20-23
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”Romans 10:9-10
The new birth occurs internally at the same time we confess Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives, as it is stated in Romans 10:9-10
More about the New Spiritual Birth:
- Paul enlarge the thought expressed by Jesus about the new birth in 2 Cor 5:17.
- That’s the price that Jesus paid that we have the right to be called “Children of God”. Jn 1:12-13
- We are adopted as “sons of God” to be born again. Gal 4:5.
- Our “position as sons of God” is given to us to be born again. Rom 8:14-16. Compare also Eph 1:5. Man was created in union with God and His grace and favor, but he fell from the “Position” of “Born Again” to return to God’s grace.
Evidence of having experienced the New Birth:
- KEEP his commandments. 1 Jn 2:3-5; Jn 14:21-24; 15:10.
- WALKING as He walked. 1 Jn 2:6,29, 3:7, 4:17, 5:1-18.
- We LOVE the brethren. 1 Jn 2:7-11; Jn 13:34-35; 15:12-13; 1 Cor 13.
- Our sins were FORGIVEN. Eph 1:7; Col 2:13; Rev 1:5; 1 Jn 1:9, 2:12.
- We REMAIN in his word. Jn 8:31-32; 15:7; Rom 1:16; 1 Jn 2:14.
- We DO the Will of God. Jn 15:18; 17:16; Rom 12:1-2; Jas 4:4; 1 Jn 2:15-17.
- We STAY in unit. Jn 17:11, 21; Rom 16:17; Eph 4:1-3; 1 Jn 2:18-19.
- TAKING The Anointing of the Holy and Truth IN US. Jn 7:37-39; 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-15; 1 Jn 2:20.
8 blessings we receive through the new birth:
- We received the power, or ability to do justice (or fairness). 1 Jn 2:29.
- Our current position as children of God. 1 Jn 3:1-3; 8-10.
- Complete freedom from sin. 1 Jn 3:9; 5:18.
- Genuine love for the brethren. 1 Jn 4: -8; 3:14-18; 5:1.
- Love to God as our Father. 1 Jn 4:19; 5:1-3.
- Power and skills to make and keep the commandments of the NT Jn 1:12, 14:15, 15:14, 1 Jn 5:2-3.
- To be able to overcome the world. 1 Jn 5:4-5.
- Freedom from the power of darkness. Col 1:13; 1 Jn. 5:18.James 1:18 says “He (God) of His will He brought us forth (in spirit) with the word of truth, that we are the first fruits of his creatures.”
- The expression “… by the word of truth..” implies that this is one of “divine agents used by God to make men new creatures”. Jn. 3:5; 1 Pet 1:23; Eph 5:26.
- The Will of God is that “all men to be saved.” Read 1 Tim 2:4. But because God gave man “free will”, also known as “The ability and the right to decide for or against God”, Salvation depends on a “voluntary choice of each person.” Romans 10:9 say, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”