New Life in Christ, renewed by the Spirit

—1 Corinthians 15; Romans 6:5–14

  • Andrew Fountain – June 9, 2019

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How being in the New Creation
because we are united to Christ
changes everything


  1. What God is like
  2. God and the Spirit World
  3. How the World got Broken

4. How the cross and resurrection changed everything

  1. Solution: The New Creation
  2. How it works: Union with Christ Col 2:8–23
  3. What this means for us

5. New Life in Christ

  1. The Two Creations
  2. Getting from the Old to the New
  3. Living in the New

Two Kinds of Stuff

  1. Things made out of paper, card, tape & glue
  2. Things made out of metal
  • Characteristics?
  • Can you turn something from card to metal?
  • How would you go about doing this?
  • So what was that all about Andrew?

Problem at Corinth

  • There was a problem that some people at the Corinthian church were laughing at the idea of a resurrection
  • 1 Corinthians 15 starts by addressing this problem
  • Ends up with one of the clearest presentations of the “New Creation” in the Bible

1 Corinthians 15:1–50

The Two Creations

Old Creation New Creation
Adam Christ
Dust the Spirit
Perishable Imperishable
  • How can we be made of the Holy Spirit?

New Creation and the Spirit

  • John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
  • Rom 1:4 who was appointed the Son-of-God-in-power according to the Holy Spirit by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • Rom 8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

New Life in Christ

  1. The Two Creations
  2. Getting from the Old to the New
  3. Living in the New

New Life in Christ

  1. The Two Creations
  2. Getting from the Old to the New
  3. Living in the New

Colossians 2 & 3

  1. Having been buried with him in baptism, you also have been raised with him through your faith in the power of God who raised him from the dead.
  2. Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
  3. Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth,
  4. for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
  5. When Christ (who is your life) appears, then you too will be revealed in glory with him.

Romans 6:5–14

Two Differences in the New

  1. We don’t need to live as if we were slaves to sin. We are free now that we are under grace!
  2. Jesus now lives in us through the Spirit

Galatians 2

  1. For through the law I died to the law so that I may live to God.
  2. I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Romans 7:6

“But now we have been released from the law,
because we have died to what controlled us,
so that we may serve in the new life of the Spirit
and not under the old written code.”

New Life in Christ - recap

  1. The Two Creations
  2. Getting from the Old to the New
  3. Living in the New:
    • We are no longer slaves to the old behaviour, but free to live in the new
    • We have the very life of God working in us through the Spirit

Romans 8:13–16

  1. …but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.
  2. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
  3. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.”
  4. The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children.