New Life in Christ
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
The moment a person is born again, many things happen to him that will enable
him to live for God. Unfortunately, most Christians are ignorant of the position they
enjoy. Many find themselves struggling to accomplish God’s will for their lives without
tapping into all the resources God has provided. We believe we will someday enjoy
eternity with Jesus in heaven, but we fail to remember God has already provided us with
that heavenly treasury. Perhaps as we better understand our position in Christ, we will
find the heavenly blessings of Christ more within the realm of possibility.
ENTERING OUR POSITION
Each of us can be transformed by understanding our position with God. First, we
must understand how to enter this new position. The doorway to our new position is
justification by faith (Rom. 5:1). Our new position is not an experience based on feeling.
We are now to be considered as sons of God with all the privileges of living in the
heavenlies. This position involves our legal standing before God, not our struggles of
The Christian life has a heavenly standing and an earthly state. By justification,
we have a legal standing by which we are declared righteous before God, and, on the
basis of this judicial act, the Christian enjoys the life and peace of God. He no longer has
to worry about offending God; God is pleased with him because of justification. God has
graciously accepted the Christian into his family. By faith the Christian “acts” on the
account that is once and for all settled in heaven.
Abraham. Abraham is the first person in the Bible described as having been
justified by faith (Gen. 15:6). This is not saying he was the first person to become a child
of God. When God made a promise to Abraham, he accepted it as possible and trusted in
God as though the results were actual although it would be thirteen years before God
would fulfill the promise. Abraham’s act of believing resulted in a declaration by God
that Abraham was justified.
The Bible testifies of Abraham, “He staggered not at the promise of God through
unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that,
what he had promised, he was able also to perform” (Rom. 4:20, 21). The secret to
Abraham’s faith was his conviction that God would do what he had promised.
God promised that Abraham would have a son. Abraham “considered his own
body now dead” (Rom. 4:19), yet he trusted the promise that God would give him a son.
The Bible says Abraham “believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead” (Rom. 4:17).
As a result of this belief, Abraham was justified.