Who am I?
Who is this new creation?
Have I despised your word by judging from what I can see?
Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!i
April 1, 1975 marked the passing of the old and the entrance of the new. My life has never been the same. It seemed like new creation life was celebrated everywhere I went. It was the charismatic revival and God was sweeping through many denominations. We, who lived in darkness, experienced new life and we could not but proclaim it.
Is it possible Christians have lost sight of this wondrous truth?
Have the struggles with the old creation life overwhelmed and diminished its power in our eyes?
New creation life in each one of us is perfect and complete in itself. The world of heaven comes into us and must then be possessed intelligently. Nevertheless, if we lose sight of the wonder and awe, the power inherent within that new life, where will we find the strength to persist?
Lester Sumrall made a statement at that time that I agreed with and personally experienced. In speaking of the revival and its effect on Catholics, he said something to this effect —
When the Holy Spirit touched the Catholics, it was as if they came from great darkness to great light. They were unwilling to stop at any doctrine that limited the Holy Spirit; they were determined to have everything God had to give.
Indeed, we were excited and determined. Perhaps that is why there was such celebration of new creation life. We were alive!
T. Austin Sparks clearly presents the challenge ahead:
But what the Lord has constituted us is moral creatures after a new morality, a new heavenly system and an entirely new intelligence which is not the natural man. We have an entirely new system of judgments, values and appraisements, and in everything the Lord will now refer to us. He will call upon us to exercise ourselves in relation to the new creation impression, consciousness, conviction and intimation from within.
Thus the new creation is a moral thing, but because the old creation is still circling and wrapping it round, the new creation will grow by conquest, by conflict, and by strenuous exercise to overcome by subjecting, triumphing over, and by deliberate, strenuous, devoted and persistent application. The renewed will, energized by the Holy Spirit, will not be mechanically operated but will be called to exercise itself in the Lord.ii
Let us not fail to recognize and rely upon the power of His life within us as we overcome the old creation wrap.
Am I too small in my own eyes?
You most certainly will be if you fail to
recognize and celebrate that you are a new creation!
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[i] 2 Cor 5:17 Amp
[ii] T. Austin Sparks, In Touch with the Throne p 51