“The message of the action of God in Christ is concerned with the creation of a new identity, namely, the redeemed person participating in the reconciled society, enjoying fellowship with all creation and with the Creator.”~ Stanley Grenz; Theology for the Community of God
The mission of Jesus Christ was not just to save people from their sins, but also to create for God a holy people. People who lived the life of Jesus, who experienced true fellowship, and worshipped God in spirit and in truth.
The reason for this is to participate with God in restoring creation. It is easy to recognize that things are not what they should be, and God desires all those who follow Jesus to participate in the restoration of creation.
Through the resurrection of Jesus we have the hope of things being made new. That includes us! Remember what the apostle Paul wrote:
What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17; NLT).
Becoming new creations isn't something that is reserved for the distant future, but it is meant to be a present reality.
This reality begins the moment we choose to follow Jesus. The problem is, and the reason we don't feel new, is because we still live in a broken, fallen, and sinful world. Our flesh is still drawn to the things of this world, even as our hearts begin to desire the realities of heaven.
Paul writes in Romans:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God (Romans 8:18-21; ESV).
What we discover in this passage is as we begin to live out the reality of being new creations we bring hope, restoration, and freedom to all of creation. As we are reconciled with God and we are restored to our original design we begin to push back the corruption of Satan and bring in the cleansing power of Jesus.
This is first seen in our relationships with each other. Fractured relationships are the source of so much evil in the world. Living in harmony and in community with other people brings healing, hope, and peace into the world.
When we live in fellowship we also have people to work alongside of us as we go into the world to share the Gospel in all of its various forms. Through working together we are able to accomplish so much more.
Jesus came to set apart a people. We are called to be a holy nation, ambassadors for God's Kingdom. It is time for us to live that reality!
Questions to Consider:
- Do you feel like a new creation?
- Why is it important to remember that Jesus came to set apart a people?
- How are relationships with other Christians essential to your spiritual growth?