It is interesting how in James chapter 2 it is written that faith, without works, is dead. This shows that it is possible to have faith, but if the faith doesn’t have works (if the faith doesn’t work!), this faith is in vain, it is dead! Such serious words! So what kind of works should my faith have? If you are a serious believer, it is important to ask yourself – does my faith work? Does my faith give me eternal life?
By abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross… (Ephesians 2:15)
Did God succeed in creating this “new man?” I don’t think any christian will dare to say: “no”! And the word “succeed” is inappropriate to the Almighty God. If the Almighty God created a “new man” in Christ, then what does this “new man” look like?
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God… (Ephesians 2:19)
From this scripture (as well as many others) it becomes clear that the new man – is a member of the household of God. And he is a saint! This means that his dwelling is in the House of God:
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus… (Ephesians 2:6)
And here the question arises: have we become a member of the household of God? Is each one of us (I mean christians) His New Creation, for which Christ gave His Life? Look around you: do you see these new people around you, in your community?
If this does not happen in our lives, then we do not believe that it is possible for God to do this! All such christians who have not become new (and this means: holy and righteous in Christ Jesus), in essence consider God to be a liar; They do not believe in His power and thereby reject the Lord who bought them (2 Peter 2:1)! Christ died for this very reason, greatly suffering on the cross, so that we could put away the former manner of life, the old man (“I was crucified with Christ” Galations 2:20), which was decaying in sin; and put on a new man, created according to God, in righteousness, holiness, and truth (Ephesians 4:22-24).
To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
Seriously consider these words: “created after the likeness of God”! Will God create in Christ something that is not righteous, not holy and not in truth? If this is so, then I have remained an old man. If my fruits are not holiness, righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, then I have not become new! It is useless to repeat memorized Bible verses and to put on yourself something that did not happen in my life! This is only self-deception, which will end in death.
While there is still the day of “today” and grace extends to all people – do not pass the opportunity! Become truly a New Creation in Christ Jesus. God has already done this – “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; The old passed away, now all is new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)