Becoming a New Creation

The Bible talks about becoming a new creation when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Many people do not immediately feel any different at all after they accept Jesus into their life. What really does happen when Jesus saves us? The Bible does tell us what happens. All we need to do is to believe what the Bible tells us.

We Do Become a New Creation

II Cor. 5:17 (NIV): “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” This verse tells us exactly what happens when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

First, this verse tells us how to become a new creation. The key is found in the phrase “in Christ.” In the Greek, this is quite different than simply accepting who Christ is. We can accept the idea that Jesus is the Son of God but never make Him a part of our life. But to be “in Christ” means that we have accepted Jesus and all that He is into our life. In other words, we become a new creation when we make Jesus the ruling factor in our life.

This is why the phrase “accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior” is used. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we accept the fact that He died on the cross so that we can be forgiven of our sins. He saves us from death (separation from God) when we accept what He did for us. Then we accept Him as the Lord of our life. This means that we pledge to live as Jesus wants us to live.

We become a new creation only when we take both steps, accept the salvation He offers us and then make Him the Lord of our life.

Our Spirit Is Immediately Made New

The first thing that happens when we become a new creature is that our spirit is remade or reborn. Our old spirit that was centered on the self, is changed and made into a spirit that is centered on God. If you had been living a life trying to live as God wanted you to, you may not feel much of a change. However, if your previous life was centered on yourself or on the things of the world, you will probably feel a sense of peace that you had never felt before.

Why do you feel this peace? It is because your spirit, that was previously dead, that is separated from God, is given life. Previously, your spirit lived in darkness. That is, you were not able to see what God had to offer you. That is why you sought after the things of the world instead of the things of God.

This is what the Bible reveals to us in John 1:4 (NIV): “In Him (Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men.” When your spirit is made new, that is receives life, it now exists in the light. And light only comes from God. This is why you now seek after the things of God. You can now see what God has for you and how much better it is than what the world was offering you.

How About Our Physical Body?

However, as much as we would like, our physical body is not changed. We still live in a physical world and a physical body is necessary to live here. Receiving a new spirit enables us to enter heaven. Then, when we do enter heaven, we receive our new body. But this new body is not a physical body. This new body is the same type of body that Jesus received when He rose from the dead.

This is what the Bible tells us. Philip. 3:21 (NIV): “who, by the power that enables him (Jesus) to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”

When we get to heaven, our transformation will be complete. Until then, we must continue to live in a physical world in our physical body.

We Must Feed Our New Spirit

Just as we must feed our physical body the proper food to keep it alive, we must feed our spirit the proper food to keep it alive. The old saying that “once saved, always saved” is simply not true. If we do not immerse ourself in Scripture and learn how to live as a born again Christian, Satan will make sure that we are drawn back into our old worldly life style. When this happens, we will find that we no longer want to live with God, but instead, want to live in our old worldly lifestyle.

When we receive salvation, we are still free creatures. We are still free to make free choices. And one of those choices is whether we want to live with God or live with what the world offers us. And unless we immerse ourself in God’s word, Satan will trick us into believing that nothing happened to us and that our former life was much more exciting.

When this happens, we can (and many have) made the free choice to reject God’s way of life and accept again, the world’s way of life. When we do this, we reject living with God and when we physically die, God will honor our choice and we will not be able to enter heaven.

What Is Bad Spiritual Food?

Just as eating poisonous food can kill our physical body, there is a lot of poisonous spiritual food that can kill our spirit.

The world we live in is full of bad spiritual food. The problem is that we often do not recognize that what we are putting into our life is killing our spirit. Do you realize that everything that we hear and see affects our spirit? It feeds our spirit one way or the other.

This is especially true with TV. More and more programs are designed to get us thinking that what the Bible says is wrong. For instance, the ghost hunter programs try to get us to believe that when people die, their spirits can remain trapped on this earth. This is not what the Bible tells us. It tells us that when we die, if we are saved, we immediately go to heaven. If we are not saved we immediately go to hell. If we believe what the ghost hunters tell us, then we cannot know what our destiny will be when we die. These types of TV programs will deceive us if we are not careful.

There are many other TV shows that are designed to draw us away from the truth of God. For instance, there are many different TV shows that teach that the Bible is just a collection of writings that are no different than the “Bibles” of Hinduism, Greek and Roman mythology or Islam.

Other bad spiritual food that we can ingest is believing in astrology, practicing witchcraft, following new age beliefs, etc. All these things will lead us right back into darkness. In other words, by ingesting this spiritual food, we can find ourselves rejecting the light that God has given us and telling God that we do not need Him any more. When we do this, we forfeit the life that we received through Jesus and our spirit is once again dead.

We Need Good Spiritual Food

We need to feed our newly acquired spirit good spiritual food so that our spirit will grow. We can do this in many different ways, but the most important way is by immersing ourself in Scripture. Scripture (the Bible) is God’s Word. It is food that will give us life. It is food that comes from heaven itself.

Of course, prayer is also very important. Prayer is what connects us with God. Prayer enables us to draw directly on the power of God. And if we are going to remain a Christian in this evil world, we will need this power that we can draw directly from God.

Other good spiritual food is found through Praise and Worship Music, spending time with other born again Christians, listening to spirit filled teachers and preachers, etc.

The people that become our friends can also bring life or death. This does not mean that we should not associate with non-believers. Non-believers will only see their need for Jesus when they see how it affects our own life. But, before we try to convert others, we need to make sure that we have fed on enough good spiritual food that we will not be drawn back into the non-believers lifestyle.

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