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New Nature

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 (NKJV)

It should give us great peace to know that we have been forgiven of our sins — sins of the past, present, and future. Jesus’ shed blood upon the Cross of Calvary was the propitiation for God’s righteous judgment, and it alone is responsible for our redemption.  Once we have confessed with our mouth and believed in our heart that Jesus Christ is Lord, then we are cleansed of our wrongdoing, and we are now “New Creations” in Christ Jesus (Rom. 10:9-10).

Q: So why do we not feel so “New” at times, and why are we still tempted to sin?

Because even though we are a “new creation” and our identity is in Jesus now, we’re still living in the same old fleshly body.

Q: So how do we deal with our old fleshly nature?

We must actively take our thoughts captive and choose not to think upon the improper things any longer. It is very important for us to reckon ourselves dead to any sinful way of living, so we need to repent of those ways, and then seek to live according to God’s will and word. 

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:11-14 (NKJV)

I think there are times when we begin to doubt our new identity in Christ Jesus, because we might not see an immediate change in our bad habits, kneejerk reactions, careless words, and ways of thinking.  It is very important to guard ourselves from the temptation to give up trying to change, and we need to holdfast to the truth of God’s promise to continue to transform us. After all, He is faithful to finish what He started (cf. Phil 1:6).  

We will always be tempted in our flesh until the day we leave this earth — this is because the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish (Gal. 5:17). So we must choose which one we will walk in — will it be the flesh, or will it be the Spirit?

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 (NKJV)

Let’s make a choice to walk in the Spirit today. Let’s stop listening to the “Old Man.”

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to our new identity, nature, and relationship with God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to reckon the “Old man” dead, and start walking in the Spirit?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to make a commitment today to walk in your new nature.  Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and cast down anything coming against His Word.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for making me a new creation in Christ Jesus. Thank You for giving me a new nature.  Help me to remember this nature when Satan tempts me to think I am still the same old person I used to be before I accepted Jesus.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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