The New Creation is brought to our attention in contradistinction to a former or older creation, when Jehovah created Adam a perfect man and made it possible for him to keep Jehovah’s perfect law. This Adam did not do, Ge nesis 2:17.
You remember that before transgressing Jehovah’s law God said to him: “Have dominion over the earth, etc.” Not in heaven, but have dominion on earth. Not multiply and fill heaven. One of Jehovah’s purposes is to fill the earth with perfect beings. This will be accomplished at the end of the Times of Restitution, at the end of the Millennial Age. This will be accomplished by a certain number of persons, known as the New Creation, with the Lord Jesus as the Head and the Church as His Body — the Christ, Head and Body. As many as have been baptized into Jesus Christ have put on Christ.
At his resurrection, he came into possession of all power in heaven and earth. Has he since been undoing all the work of Satan? No. First Jehovah authorized the Gentiles to have power; this began 25 centuries ago, and we have good Bible authority that it will end soon. Second, it was Jehovah’s plan to prepare a Bride for the heavenly Bridegroom.
If you are of the class whose names are cast out as evil, rejoice. Do not go around with a long face. No, we are to count it all joy when we fall into diverse trials, etc. All who are joint-heirs must take the steps he took, but we must take one step which he never took.
The scriptures tell us of Adam’s perfection and fall, how the world fell with him, and how it required the perfect Man Christ Jesus to take Adam’s place in death, in order to thus lift mankind from condemnation and death, to justification and life. This last step from condemnation our Lord did not have to take. All the other steps that the Lord did take, consecration, sacrifice, baptism into death, etc., we also take with him.
When our Lord Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan by John, he became the Head of the New Creation, and for us to become members of the Body, we must believe with head and heart. If one is justified, is he not a member of the New Creation? No. He must offer himself a living sacrifice.
The world is not called to repent, but to reform. Sodomites and those of Gomorrah would not have been Christians if they had reformed. In Titus 3:5, we read that we are saved by the “washing of regeneration.” As a New Creature, your human nature has gone out of existence. It is this New Creature that is now running the race and which God is judging. The old man Draper could sin, and get much out of harmony with God. It is the New Creature that cannot sin. We have the mind of Christ. He did not say that we had the body of Christ. The natural man is not subject to the law of God. A wrong disposition of the flesh is not the new will, but we should get control. Browbeat the old man. Not someone else, but I am to browbeat the old man Draper, and you are to browbeat your old nature. Don’t listen to him at all. Tell him you have no time to give to him. He will want to explain this and that and to compromise with the new mind, if possible, but it is for you to browbeat him. Keep him down. The old nature dies hard. Do not let sin reign in your mortal bodies. Do not say there is no sin there, for there is, but do not let it reign there.
Sometimes our best friends on earth are adversaries to us in wishing us not to be so strict in our walk in the narrow way. He gave the illustration of our Lord and Peter, showing how Peter was both favored and rebuked by the Lord. First, when our Lord asked whom the world said he was; some replied that he was one thing and another something else.
Then Peter was asked and he replied: “Thou are the Son of the Living God.” The Lord replied that flesh and blood had not revealed it to him, but God had. This might have made Peter a little puffed up to think the Lord would reveal something to him, etc. Later when the Lord spoke about his intention to go to Jerusalem, and that he would be persecuted and crucified, Peter spoke up and said, “Not so, Lord! Be it far from thee.”
Here the Lord rebuked him and said, “Get thee behind me, adversary.” Here, Peter, one of the Lord’s best friends, was an adversary, trying, though unintentionally, to get the Lord to do contrary to what he knew was the Father’s will concerning him. The ways in which our Lord was tempted were the same as his brethren must be. You remember how he created bread and fed many, and then they said, “We will make him our King.” The Master saw that it was not the Father’s time for him to be made King, thus they were adversaries to him, so he went into a mountain to pray. He was tempted to do something not in keeping with his consecration vows.
Second, we are tempted to get discouraged. God permits Satan to thus temp t us, so that by resisting we may become strong, but He will not permit us to be tempted above that we are able, but will, if we make use of the means he give us, make a way of escape for Sometimes we are tempted to get discouraged when planning a meeting and expect about a hundred to come and find only five or six present, or we may have thought we could sell a good many Dawns, but can put out only a few. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you, and after awhile, we will hear the “Well don, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”