You Are A New Creation!

2 Corinthians 5:16-21
“16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation; OLD THINGS have passed away; behold, ALL things have become NEW.”

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Because of what Jesus did at the cross, you and I who are born again are no longer what we used to be.  We have been made into a new creation! All things truly have become new!
Not Our Doing.
It’s important to not that the phrase, “Have been made” denotes that it was done TO us BY SomeOne else.  Since it was done TO us, that means it cannot be UNdone BY us.
The Old Things.
The Bible has a lot to say on this subject of these “Old things.”  The opening verse says “OLD THINGS” have passed away; ALL THINGS have become NEW.”  So, what are the “old things” to which Paul is referring?  Since the Bible is it’s own best commentary, let’s find out how it defines them. Our first clue is found in the last book of the Bible: Revelation.
Symbolic Language.
The book of Revelation is, for the most part, a book of symbols. We know that because of what John wrote in verse 1:  “And He (Jesus) sent and SIGNIFIED it by His angel to His servant John…”  “Signified” means “Signs and symbols.”
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For example, John describes Jesus as “a Lamb having 7 eyes and 7 horns.”  If you really think Jesus looks like the picture above, rest assured: He doesn’t.  Obviously some people had the wrong idea, hence the picture, 😂 LOL!  That would just be ridiculous if He were an actual lamb with seven horns and seven eyes. Since we know He is not, we must study what the symbols mean. What is the Holy Spirit showing us?
Wherever “Horn” is mentioned in scripture, it is symbolic of “Strength, authority, or perfection” in Biblical typology.  “Eyes” speak of discernment and prophetic vision.  “Seven” means perfection or completeness.
(For more on the meaning of numbers in the Bible, follow this link:
This symbolic language indicates that our Lamb is “Perfect and complete with full authority, full discernment, and full of the Holy Spirit.” Armed with this knowledge, let’s see if we can uncover what are the “Old things that have passed away” and what has become “New.”
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Two Mountains, Two Covenants, Two Jerusalems.
Revelation 21:2-6 2
“Then I, John, saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband…”
Galatians 4:24-26.

24″…which things are SYMBOLIC. For these are the two covenants: the one from MOUNT SINAI which gives birth to bondage, WHICH IS HAGAR–25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to {earthly} Jerusalem**which now is, and is in bondage {to the law} with her children…”

These two scriptures are referring to both the Church and Natural Israel.  The Church is the New Jerusalem from heaven.  Natural Israel refers to the Jerusalem here on earth, home of Jesus’ natural family.  Most of them are still in bondage.  They believe in the Mt. Sinai or law covenant, typified by Hagar.

But those in bondage to the law are not only unsaved Jews, they are also Law-centric Christians in the Church.  They are the ones who gauge righteousness by your performance.  The difference is that they are born again.  Hagar, however is the mother of both.

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“…..26 but the Jerusalem above is FREE, which is the mother of us all.”
This portion is talking about those who are under grace, meaning the Real Gospel.  “FREE” here refers to Sarah, the free woman.  She typifies the New Covenant:  The Real Gospel of grace and the segment of the Church who are FREE FROM THE LAW.
Secrets In The Hebrew Language.
It’s interesting to note that God actually reprogrammed the Hebrew language to reflect this.  You see, there are TWO Jerusalems!
Below is the spelling of Jerusalem in Hebrew:
[ירושלים] Yerushala-im.
Reading right to left, The “im- [ים]” at the end of the word means it is plural: “Jerusalems,” PLURAL:  One on earth–natural Israel, and law-centric Christans in bondage to the law, as numerous as the sand on the shore, and one above, the Church, whose citizenship is in heaven, as numerous as the stars in the sky.
The Tabernacle Has Come Down.
This New Jerusalem has already come down to earth.  It was born 2,000 years ago on the day of Pentecost.  It is the Church.  Yes, one day there will be a new Jerusalem on earth where Jesus will sit on David’s throne and rule the earth.  That event obviously is still future.
…Revelation 21:2-6. 2

“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He {Jesus} will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, God Himself will be with them and be their God…..’ ”

You and I, Church, already ARE the tabernacle of God!  We have become the Arks of the New Covenant. We already ARE His people! Amen!  This is NOT a future event.

You can see that not everything in this book is about future events.  Some had already happened when John wrote it; some things were happening at the time of his writing, and some would take place “Afterward,” meaning at a future time….like now.

Yes, one day, we will see God face to face.  Yes, one day–VERY SOON–we’ll get our new bodies.  Yes, one day we will walk on streets of gold.  Much is still future…..but not all.  This passage confirms what has already happened by using the past tense: We “became” a new creation.
The Old Has Passed Away.
So, what are the “old things” that have passed away?
Revelation 21:2-6
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the FORMER THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY…”

God is already doing these things. He already comforts, heals and restores.  Once you come to faith in Christ, you can never die…you just relocate.  Though your earth space suit may fail and die, you go on to live FOREVER!!!   He takes away pain, He takes away disease, and He takes away lack.  More on this later.

“….5 Then He Who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make ALL THINGS NEW.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are TRUE AND FAITHFUL.’ He says, “Behold all things have become NEW!'”

Why Are Some Christians Suffering?

So the OLD THINGS are, “Sorrow, crying due to losing a loved one, pain and suffering”.  That begs the question: “If that is true, then why are so many Christians suffering?  Good question.

…..Rev. 21:6 “Then He {Jesus} said to me, “It is done! {It is finished!} I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.”
Once you are in Christ, you are a new creation. It says in Isaiah 43:18-19:
18 “DO NOT REMEMBER THE FORMER THINGS; that nor consider the things of OLD.  19 Behold, I will do a NEW THING, Now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?”Old refers to the “Old Covenant.”
New is referring to the “New Covenant.”  When you “consider”–in other words, bring to mind–the “old things,” the devil will most happily accommodate you.  You are still “considering” them when you are thinking of them instead of consciously considering them as “passed away.”
Paul is saying that you need to reprogram your thinking.  He talks a lot in his letters about what the old man looks like.  He points them out not to tell us “Don’t do these things,” but to remind us that we have been redeemed from these things.  He was holding up the “mirror” of the word of God to show you and I how to confess the truth about what God says WE ALREADY ARE.

Confess God’s Word.

Try saying “Thank you Jesus!  I am a new creation.  You paid for me so that I could be free of pain.”

“Thank you, Jesus!  You paid for my complete Shalom.  I am healed and whole in Jesus’ Name, AMEN!,” or

“I have no more lack.  You paid in full so that I could be fully supplied;”  whatever.  See what happens.  Start confessing what you already are and what you already have in Christ.

You know how it is when you go to the doctor.  He tells you, “You know, at a certain age, you have to expect this degenerative disease or that chronic illness.  There are certain things that happen to your body as you age.”

Whatever he says, if you accept those things, YOU ARE CONSIDERING THE OLD THINGS THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY.  Like I said, the devil will MOST HAPPILY accommodate you.

So “therefore, from NOW ON, we regard NO ONE ACCORDING TO THE FLESH.”

NO ONE:  Especially ourselves.
Only Believe.
You have to BELIEVE that you are a new creation, even though your flesh, the doctor, your friends, your family, or whoever tells you otherwise.  You must no longer think of your body according to the “OLD THINGS.” That “man” must be consciously “put off,” as if removing a garment.
The more you believe it, the more you confess it, the more you will see it.
Fact: your body has a disease.  That is the fact but it is not the truth.
Truth is eternal; fact is temporal.  TRUTH IS IN JESUS:  “You ARE…..not going to be…..YOU ARE a new creation.”
Ephesians 4:22
“….Put off concerning the former CONVERSATION the old man, which is corrupt according to deceitful lusts;”

Notice it doesn’t say, “Put off the old man;”  It says, “Put off the “BEHAVIOR (conversation)” of the old man.”  You see, you’re a resurrected spirit but you’re living in an UNresurrected body.  You’re not in your new body…..yet!  STOP THINKING LIKE YOU DID BEFORE YOU WERE BORN AGAIN.

“…..23 AND BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND.”
How do you do that? By sweating? By striving?  By working to behave differently?  NO!  You “Put off” the old thinking, the old behavior, the old experiences”…..by renewing the “SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND.”
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ (not God.)  For more on that topic, you may follow the link below:

Confess, like Jesus,”I AM”….a new creation!  I AM…the righteousness of God in Christ!  I AM…healed!

“While we do not look at things which are seen, but at things which are NOT seen. For the things which are SEEN are TEMPORARY, but the things which are NOT SEEN are ETERNAL.”  2 Corinthians. 4:18

HALLELUJAH!   You really are A NEW CREATION!

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