Relationship With God 101: A New Creation

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The Simple Gospel

You have a new identity as a Christian

You become a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)

  • God sees you as perfect (Hebrews 12:2)
  • You have a new heart and a newly reborn spirit (Ezekiel 36:26)
  • You’ve been blessed with the Holy Spirit and can now communicate with God (John 14:15-18)
  • The Holy Spirit is transforming and renewing your mind as far as you permit Him (Romans 12:2)
  • As part of the Church, you are becoming the Bride of Christ for an eternal union with Him (Revelation 19:6-9)

You have a new home in heaven (John 14:2)

  • Your home on earth becomes a transitional living situation

You will slowly bear more spiritual fruits over time (Galatians 5:22-23)

  • More loving, kind, gentle, and patient
  • More joyful and good
  • More at peace
  • More faithful
  • More self-controlled and disciplined

God will heal all your damaged emotions and past traumas (Matthew 11:28, James 5:13-16)

  • God doesn’t necessarily heal all your physical problems since many of them can serve a higher spiritual purpose

All your improvement is rarely instant

  • A Christian doesn’t instantly become Christ-like but is slowly changing to it (Titus 3:5)
  • The speed of our change ties directly to our willingness to give up our past (Romans 12:2)

Your new identity will not integrate with your old life

The world does not like this “new you” (John 15:18-19)

  • In fact, you won’t make friends with the world (James 4:4)

Though it’s worth it, you will endure hardship (2 Corinthians 6:3-5, 2 Timothy 4:5)

Your greatest network will be as part of the Body of Christ, discussed later

Being a new creation does not mean a few things

While on this earth, you can’t be wholly sinless or perfect (Philippians 3:12, 1 John 1:8)

Your life isn’t guaranteed to be more seamless, more enjoyable or that you will acquire unbelievable financial wealth (Malachi 3:10, Luke 6:38)

God does bless you immeasurably in some ways money can’t provide

  • Family and friends
  • Physical health
  • Providing every need you have

Religious practices won’t necessarily help your relationship with Christ

  • Though we can solidify our faith with religious practices, doing them for the wrong reasons can drive a wedge between God and us (Matthew 23:27-28)

Don’t search for mystical experiences, since they will come when God wants them to come (Matthew 12:38-39)

  • Mystical experiences can include miracles, healing or any supernatural phenomena
  • Don’t try to attain a spiritual feeling, even during worship music

You need unconditional devotion to God in your new relationship with Him

God paid heavily for you with His son’s life (1 Corinthians 6:20)

  • You were a slave to sin and now a slave to Christ (Romans 6:18-22)
  • Slavery in Christ is unbelievably free but is still slavery with a new master (Matthew 11:29-30)
  • God is so gracious, however, that many Christians abuse the privileges He gives them

Everything you own is His (Matthew 5:27-30, Matthew 13:44-46)

  • God will give you more than everything you’ve had, but you must sacrifice all of it (Matthew 19:27-30, Mark 10:28-31)
  • You don’t necessarily have to burn bridges, relationships, and opportunities, but you should be ready to give as He leads you freely

You have more than you may have noticed

  • Possessions, of any kind (Matthew 19:23-26)
  • Money (Luke 6:30)
  • Family, friends, and any other valuable relationships (Matthew 10:37-39)
  • Dreams, goals, and plans (Matthew 6:26-34, Luke 12:22-30, James 4:13-16)

Once you’ve started Christianity, you must follow it long-term (Luke 9:61-62)

  • Your new relationship with God requires removing all your past sins and anything that will obstruct communication with Him
Next: Communication Barriers With God