December 9, 2018
“A New Creation”
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. [Galatians 6:15]
And the conclusion is… A New Creation is what matters. Anything else, in regard to justification and sanctification, means nothing. That is what Gal 6:15 means in no ambiguous terms: “Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything.” However, it is not just the work of circumcision. “And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.” [Gal 5:3]
If we look to any law for being right with God, then we are in debt to the whole Law. If we say that circumcision, water baptism, or Sabbath is required for salvation, then we must also obey the commandment “Do not covet.” “But sin,” Paul wrote, “seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire.” [Rom 7:8] Are we then to infer that Paul is not in heaven? What about us? Ever desire something that wasn’t yours? Well then, you broke the Law. The strong conclusion is this; if we point to any law for salvation, we become “a debtor to keep the whole law.”
Salvation comes only by becoming a New Creation: This means you must be born of the Spirit. How does that happen? Firstly, you must confess you are a sinner; that you miss the mark of perfect righteousness required to stand before a Holy God. Secondly, you must repent of your sins. Repentance means to change directions; to do an about face; to begin going God’s way and not your own. And then thirdly you must ask Jesus to forgive you of you sins and be your personal Lord.
The Bible is clear, if you do this you are born again; born of the Spirit of God; you are a New Creation. Through confession, repentance, and forgiveness; the Lord debits from you your sins and credits to you His righteousness. God now sees you through the righteousness of Jesus. Isn’t that good? And the seal of His righteousness is the indwelling Holy Spirit. Upon this justification transaction, you are a New Creation.
Can anything be added? Heaven forbid. The work of redemption has been fully completed on the Cross of Calvary. “It is finished.” We need only receive His work by faith and then live and walk in His fulfilled promise of the Spirit.