Our view of God, our self-image, our sense of purpose, the direction in which we are aimed, the language we use, our openness to new exposure, the degree to which we perceive reality are all shaped by our frame of reference. In that new creation frame of reference, doubt is displaced with faith, guilt with Grace, hate with love, anxiety with courage, despair with hope, gloom with exuberance, and fate with destiny. And, we get a new moral compass, a spiritual GPS system.
In his letter to Christians at Philippi, Paul gave thanks for their partnership in the good news of Christ Jesus. He called attention to the importance of the humility Jesus modeled in his ministry and then said: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Therefore, since we are new creatures in Christ, our habit of mental activity needs to be like that of Christ. Paul describes a divine power opening up God’s new creations.
Templeton Award winner, scientist, Holmes Rolston, provides a breathtaking narrative on how God prepared the way for you and me to have the Mind of Christ He tells us that our minds are designed to make choices. Our minds even seek a belief system to guide those choices. He says that in addition to matter, life, and mind, we find evidence of a fourth dimension that he labels Spirit. “Maybe,” he adds, “our presence is embraced by another Presence.” Christians identify this as the Holy Spirit of God. He adds,” and this Presence “is eternal.”
When the Mind of Christ permeates our minds, we assume the nature of Christ and live in conformity with his Way. When that happens, Biblical principles for living our lives will be natural gifts of what it means to be God’s new creations. Being a new creation means many things including: I am accepted, I am forgiven,I am loved, I am secure, I am significant, I am the salt of the earth, I am the light of the world, I am a temple of the Holy Spirit, my mind is aligned with the Mind of Christ, and I am a child of God.
The biblical message challenges us to Be New Creations
- In Isaiah, we are reminded that: Those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
- In Ecclesiastes and in Ezekiel, we hear that God sets eternity in our hearts with a new heart and a new spirit.
- In Ephesians, we are told to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
- In the Gospel of John we are reminded that we shall partake of the fullness of the Christ as the branch partakes of the strength and vigor of the parent vine.
- When the Mind of Christ dwells in our minds, we have new eyes to see with, new ears to hear with, and new hands to work and act with.
- Paul affirms that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We are “renewed” in knowledge and in the spirit of our minds. The “new Paul” who was created when the “old Paul” was crucified with Christ was a Paul who lived by faith that works through love.