The New Creation (An Introduction)

The New Creation (An Introduction)

— 1 John 3 & 4

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God’s ways:

The Flood:

The Nation of Israel:

The New Creation

Some Symbolism

Hebrews 11:8-10

  1. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
  2. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
  3. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.

Romans 4

  1. For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world (kosmos) did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

Rest

Circumcision

John 3:3-6

  1. Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again (orig: from above) he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
  2. Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
  3. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

New Creation defined

  1. Jesus was raised as the “firstborn”
  2. We enter by being “joined” to him
  3. As the Old was made of dust, the New is made of the Spirit of God
  4. Because of this, we are “born of God”, his own children
  5. We bear his family likeness: God is love

1 John 3:1-2, 13-14

  1. See what kind of love the Father has given to us,
    that we should be called children of God;
    and so we are.
    The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
  2. Beloved, we are God’s children now,
    and what we will be has not yet appeared;
    but we know that when he appears we shall be like him,
    because we shall see him as he is.
  3. Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.
  4. We know that we have passed out of death into life,
    because we love the brothers.
    Whoever does not love abides in death.

Version: ESV

Living in the New Creation

  1. Trust in Jesus
  2. Following his command to love

1 John 4:7-17

  1. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
  2. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
  3. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
  4. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
  5. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
  6. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
  7. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
  8. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world.
  9. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
  10. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
  11. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.

Version: ESV

Faith and love

Updated on 2012-01-10 by Andrew Fountain