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Devotional - week of June 3, 2001


THE NEW CREATION

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17

Believers who love God but struggle with sin must wonder about the new creation. If there is such a struggle, then where is there evidence of the new creation?

The new creation is explained in Paul’s declaration in Romans 5:14 that Adam is a “type” of Christ. Those words follow Paul’s revelation that Adam, the head of the human race, brought sin and death into the entire human race.

Because he is a “type” of Christ, Adam reveals that Jesus came to begin a new race and to pass on to those who enter His race things true of Him. Romans 6:3-5 states that those things are crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

In the crucifixion feature of our new creation we died to sin and the sin nature itself was crucified. But why do we still have this struggle with sin?

Our experience of the new creation is in that category of things that we must believe and choose in order to experience them.

When we begin to choose our freedom from the power of sin and when we begin to believe that we are dead to our sin nature and that our sin nature itself has been crucified, then God begins to change us in thrilling ways.