New Creations

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:11

The Holy Spirit is a divine person. He is the power behind the resurrection of Jesus (Romans 8:11) and He dwells in the spirit of every Christian. If you are one then you have the exact same power and ability as Jesus!

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Acts 10:38

Jesus walked in the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit. This is the same Spirit that dwells inside of our spirit. We have the faith of God (Romans 12:3), the anointing of the Spirit, and the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5-8). I believe that it is our lack of revelation in these things that has hindered the Church from tapping into what God has placed inside of us.

People beg and plead for God to send His power. We cry out for an outpouring of the Spirit. He came on the day of Pentecost and has not left. If He is the power and if He is dwelling in our spirit, it would only make sense that we do not have to pray for Him to be poured out again wouldn’t it?

Christians beg and plead for God to send His power and He has already deposited it in their spirit. We can beg and plead all we want for more power but God does not have anymore to give. He has given us access to all of His power through the person of the Holy Spirit. We do not need more power but we do need a greater revelation of what has already been provided.

As stated in my previous post, most of us have only learned to know ourselves based on the input of our five physical senses or our emotions. We have been made a completely new person and need to get to know ourselves from the spirit.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Paul tells us that all things became new when we became a Christian. The literal translation reads “a new species of being that never existed before”. Think about that!

Every Christian has become a brand-new creation! Unfortunately very few have a revelation of this. Our spirits have been recreated but we still have the same body and soul (mind, will, intellect, and emotions). This is why Paul encourage the Roman Christians to present their bodies as living sacrifices and renew their minds with the Word of God (Romans 12:1-2).

I have noticed that the majority of Christians live carnal lives. We have all sorts of definitions for carnality but it simply means to be ruled by the five physical senses. People become dominated by what they see in the mirror, what they feel in their emotions, and think that defines who they are.

Mankind was created in the image of God. He is spirit. We are spirit. We have a soul and live in a body but we are not a soul and we are not a body!

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23

We see the three parts of man in this verse. Paul said that he was praying God would preserve their whole spirit and soul and body. We are living spirits created in the image of God. Functionally most Christians are only aware of their soul and body.

The word translated spirit is pneuma. Strong’s Concordance defines this as the immortal soul which is misleading. Most people believe the soul and spirit are the same. This is why we hear ministers talk about souls being converted.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Our soul was not converted when we became a Christian. This was why Paul told the Roman believers to be transformed by the renewing of their minds (i.e., soul). To renew is to make new.

We are spirit and in the spirit all things have become new. Paul was not talking about our physical body or soul in 2 Corinthians 5:17. If we had blue eyes before becoming a Christian we will still have blue eyes afterwards! Our physical body did not become new.

Paul was not talking about our soul (i.e., mind, will, and emotions) when he said all things have become new. God can quicken our minds through the His Word but they are not automatically changed just because we became a Christian.

By process of elimination we see that Paul was talking about our spirit. All things in our spirit have passed away and we are an entirely new species in the spiritual realm!

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