Good morning and welcome to another lovely Friday where we get to share the word of God.
I am really excited to have you with us again today, because our topic for today would open your eyes to something you might not have noticed before, let us get started.
We would be talking about # A NEW NATURE, and our text would be taken from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, chapter five and verse seventeen
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
I marvel at times at the absolute terms Paul and the early Apostles use when making reference to a man who is found in Christ. Here, Paul didn’t say “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new,… under the condition that you live a righteous life and not stain your garments”
The reason many believers have lived a defeated life is because of the things that they have come to believe over time. This is my heart desire, anyone who follows these teachings would not only be liberated completely, but also be a liberation to others. It is a simple gospel;
JESUS SAVES, I would just teach us how to apply and appropriate that NEW LIFE in our daily living.
Let us get into the teaching now
You would notice that the bible used two words “FLESH” and “SPIRIT” as the different natures a man can have. Let me say this now that the way a man behaves does not explain the nature he carries.
Someone can be very wicked in actions and be very disobedient too but carry the new nature, whereas another individual would give to the poor and be very loving but still have the old nature. So the nature of a person is completely independent on the characters they portray.
Please stick with me, I am going somewhere:
So what distinguishes one nature from the other? Remember our text “therefore if any man BE IN CHRIST”
Exactly! A man who is IN CHRIST is “SPIRIT” the one who is not in Christ is “FLESH”. It is that simple.
Now how does someone BE IN CHRIST?
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVETH in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
It is just by BELIEVING, then Ephesians 2:8-9 says this:
8 for by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 not of works, lest any man should boast
NO MAN IS SAVED BY WORKS, NO MAN IS CONDEMNED BY WORKS EITHER
It is Faith in Jesus that saves or condemns a person. If you have accepted Christ you need not be afraid of where your end would be, YOUR SALVATION IS SURE.
A knowledge of this would make you know how to approach God, not basing on your own righteousness, it would be impossible for pride to creep in if you know that nothing happens because of you, but because of God.
WE ARE NEW CREATURES, A NEW NATURE HAS COME TO STAY IN US.
Let us now study a portion of the bible briefly and I would close this teaching.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father is spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
This particular verse has been quoted out of context (remember our teaching on contextual reading? , if you don’t, go back to the first teaching on milk and meat and you would find it). This place have been taken to mean that you search your heart and your mind when coming to God in worship so He accepts your song, then we have misconstrued a true worshiper to be those who lead songs in church and wonders happen, or the brother that is always crying at the mention of Jesus NO!!!, That is not worshiping in spirit and truth.
Notice what Christ was talking about here, it was a topic on PLACES OF WORSHIP and not MODE OF WORSHIPPING, He said that a time is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem shall men worship God. Ask yourself, why do men go to those places to worship God?
The answer is simple, that is where God used to dwell, that is where His presence is.
So Jesus spoke that the PLACE OF WORSHIP would no longer be at Jerusalem, but IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH. So till you understand this place where SPIRIT AND TRUTH WORSHIP, you might be lost in the issue of quality worship. Because Jesus also said that the Father SEEKETH SUCH to worship Him, it doesn’t mean that He is going around looking for the single people that are doing it well, it means that a GENERATION is coming who is SOUGHT by God, and that generation is the Spirit and truth worshippers.
Let’s go back to the book of Genesis and see a prophesy
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
Now who is Shiloh? It is THE MESSIAH. JESUS CHRIST. Amplified put it like this
……..until Shiloh [the messiah, the peaceful one] comes
So the prophesy said that ‘THE PEOPLE’ would gather unto SHILOH. Hold that thought
Remember that when people gather to worship God, it was because they wanted to see His glory. Picture this; they go to where God dwells, offer sacrifices, and worship, then God’s glory fills the house. But another prophesy came by prophet Haggai
The glory of THIS LATTER HOUSE shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and IN THIS PLACE WILL I GIVE MY PEACE, saith the Lord of hosts.
There is a LATTER HOUSE been spoken of here, where the peace of God would be given and that house shall have a glory much more that what was experienced in temples (the former house).
Hope we are still together?
While teaching the disciples to pray, Jesus made some prophesies that I would like us to look at
Matthew 6:13….. The last part
……. For THINE is the KINGDOM, and the POWER, and the GLORY, for ever. Amen.
There is a people who would inherit a Kingdom, they would possess the power of that kingdom, and it would be glorious.
So GOD’S GLORY MOVED FROM BUILDINGS (MOUNTAINS AND JERUSALEM) TO A PEOPLE (SPIRIT AND TRUTH)
Those that have accepted Christ has a NEW NATURE, let us see how the apostle Paul put it
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Did you see that? Paul didn’t have to even come to the church in Philippi and ask them to come and sing so that he would know good worshipers, NO. He was writing to the TRUE WORSHIPPERS. So a believer who doesn’t sing a single tune in their life time is as much a true worshipper as Pastor Donnie Mc Clurkin, or Don Moen, anyways you get the idea.
An understanding of this makes you know how to give God glory, which I would talk about particularly in subsequent studies. But it has nothing to do with songs coming out.
See the distinction here; songs can be used to glorify God, but not to bring God glory.
Songs majorly excite us and not God. That is why we have our favourite songs and artists which differ and these songs brings different reactions in us, does that mean that God is different? NO!!! We are the different ones.
I hope you now know your new nature, a people that worship God in spirit and truth, a generation that brings God glory.
I would end with these verses of the scriptures to show how we became spirit, remember that this change took place when Christ died and resurrected, because this NEW PEOPLE shall only gather unto SHILOH.
Let’s see how we became spirits and not flesh
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit.
When you accept Christ, you become joined to God, and have the same spirit with Him.
So when the bible makes such statement as ‘the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God’ in Romans 8:16, it doesn’t mean that the Sweet Holy Spirit of God would come and be talking with your own spirit, I am sure that hasn’t happened to most people; and then the devil would come with condemning thoughts like “are you sure you are really saved?”
Give him the YES YES YES answer, because you are saved.
It means that your spirit with the Spirit of God, together, are now bearing witness. It shows a joint relationship and not a news flash from God’s Spirit to yours.
Take a time to re-read this particular chapter of the bible (ROMANS 8) with this understanding, and see how the light of God’s word and love would shine into your heart, you might even pray in tongues for those who have been hindered by fear for a long time now.
YOU ARE SET FREE, YOU ARE A GENERATION THAT CAN TRULY WORSHIP GOD, because it takes God to worship God. And HE lives in YOU.
YOUR SALVATION IS SURE
We would meet again next week, if you can, download this song “no longer slaves” by Bethel music.
I love you all, stay in Grace, let us hear your comments and testimonies.
Once again, I love you.