THE GLORY OF THE NEW CREATION
God shares His blessings and
character with fallen man, once we repent and receive the new creation.
The Christian life is discovering the scope of the new creation. The Lord
Jesus has placed everything we need to live the life in our spirits. We
are called by the gospel to obtain glory, says 2 Thessalonians 2: 14. All
that God HAS and all that God IS are communicated to us through the Lord
Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit, God’s great “how He does a thing” alone
knows the Son perfectly and lead’s us into ALL truth. In the light of astonishing
new creation realities, how is it that the church of the living God is
impotent and immobile?
Ignorance ranks high, and
God’s people are destroyed by it. There was a man who paid for a transatlantic
ship journey and stashed plenty of biscuits and cheese for the journey.
His ticket actually included the fabulous meals on board, but he only realised
his ignorance when the statue of liberty was in sight! On our heavenly
path, many of us make the same mistake. We don’t receive all that redemption
has purchased for us – perhaps only 1 or 2 per cent? This could be the
believer’s greatest sin – living at such a low level of faith we are hardly
distinguishable from those next door pagans who left God sometime in childhood.
Let me list an A – Z of who
we are in Christ.
Galatians 4: 1 – 6
1 John 2: 20, 27
|Ephesians 1: 3
Psalm 149: 4
John 1: 14, 6: 2
|2 Timothy 1: 9
Ephesians 1: 4
Hebrews 10: 35
Dead (to the world)
Dead (to sin)
Dead (to the law)
|2 Corinthians 1: 8 – 10
Galatians 6: 14
Romans 6: 6
Romans 7: 4
|1 Peter 1: 2 Romans
1 Corinthians 14: 3
Romans 15: 4 1 Samuel
|Ephesians 1: 7
John 8: 32, 36
|Hebrews 2: 10 2 Thessalonians
Galatians 5: 22
Galatians 5: 23 Psalm
|Isaiah 53: 4 – 6 1
Peter 2: 24
Colossians 1: 22
Titus 3: 7
Acts 4: 32 1 Corinthians
||Irreproachable in His sight
Ephesians 6: 10 – 18
1 Corinthians 6: 17
||Jewel in the crown
|Malachi 3: 17
Nehemiah 8: 10
John 15: 11
||Known (by Father)
||John 3: 16 John 17:
23 1 John 3: 1, 2 Jeremiah 31: 3
||More than a conqueror
Mind of Christ
|Romans 8: 37
Philippians 4: 8, 9
1 Corinthians 2: 16
||2 Corinthians 5: 17
Galatians 6: 15
||1 John 4: 4
|Ephesians 1: 5
1 Peter 3: 4
1 Peter 2: 5
|Ephesians 1: 7
Joel 2: 25
Colossians 1: 21
|Ephesians 1: 14 2
Timothy 2: 19
2 Timothy 2: 1
John 20: 21
|Ephesians 5: 20
1 Peter 1: 7
2 Corinthians 2: 14
||Isaiah 43: 4
||Ephesians 2: 10
||John 13: 17
||Matthew 11: 28 – 30
||Titus 2: 14
Get to know the divine optimism
of who you are in Christ Jesus. Speak the Scriptures aloud, because when
you do three things happen:
a)God hears your
God hears. Your spirit hears.
The evil spirits hear the good confession, which fights the fight of faith.
Light comes in your house by positive and negative wires. The positives
of daily confession must be balanced by resisting and
b)it creates faith in your
c)ensures protection against
renouncing the enemy (the
negative). Positive and negative words will produce the glory of the new
creation coming through you! Some believers rely on faith, others on spiritual
warfare. Both are vital in balance for the manifestation of the atmosphere
of heaven. Let us hold fast the CONFESSION of our hope, without wavering,
for HE who promised is faithful. Confession means saying the same thing
as God says, feeling and thinking the same as God feels and thinks. We
need to read, speak out and meditate on these verses that give us:
Psychological good health basks
in these three vital issues. Positive faith confessions are a help along
the road provided we also possess self-discernment and see where we need
healing and deliverance ministry. A simple sum helps young believers.
AN IDENTITY AND
+ HEALING AND DELIVERANCE
The faith message alone will
graft new creation realities onto the old man in many instances. Deliverance
alone will lead to co-dependence and self
introspection. Without obedience
we are likely to be, as a friend put it, “fruit cake Christians”, more
associated with unreality than truths coming through the lifestyle. There
are 101 hindrances to the glory of the new creation shining through. All
kinds of clamps can stop our spirit (where the Holy Spirit dwells) from
WE FUNCTION UNDER THE
UNCTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We know there is a fierce
battle, for Satan hates the manifestation and demonstration of the new
creation realities. We can make a claim on the precious blood for our sins
to be cleansed. We can reckon ourselves dead to sin. But what about the
sinister aspects of spiritual warfare, when you feel you’ve been targeted
by invisible demonic forces? These forces hate the manifestation of the
THE SPIRIT OF JEZEBEL
This religious, pervasive
spirit seduces, flatters, divides leadership to the point leaders cannot
function; their identity becomes blurred, their security unhinged and their
destiny fails in terms of God’s purpose. Jezebel launches a massive attack
on our spiritual well-being. She began the attack
She completes her attack
in our hereditary line
in our relationship with mother
as a baby and a child
Are you getting the picture?
It is a pervasive spirit – the very fact it is universal is part of her
deadly camouflage. The enemy wants to devour glory and Jezebel, in particular,
will abort a “God idea”, supplanting it with a good idea. A checklist for
discernment purposes will help, see table.
through the wrong girlfriend
through false charisma in the
church (particularly personal prophecies)
through defiled leaders who
have never confronted her cleverly controlled kingdom, and who debunk deliverance
through wrong affiliations in
church groups and denominations
through culture and T.V.
|1. God initiatives with
the glory of God..
||1. Man initiates a good
work for man’s esteem.
|2. Leads to a balanced view
of the Word of God.
||2. Pushes toward extra-biblical
revelation… so person becomes deceived.
|3. Sanity and sanctity in
a renewed mind. Calm considerations
||3. Fascination toward strange
doctrines, and weird ideas.
|4. Abiding in the word:
2 Timothy 3: 10 – 17.
||4. Divination: Acts 16:
16 – 18.
|5. Meekness of wisdom: James
3: 13 – 18.
||5. Confusion is the end
product, mixed with fear.
|6. Glorifies Christ alone:
John 16: 14.
||6. Glorifies the person
|7. Low visibility like Jesus.
||7. High profile or lusting
|8. Confronts sin, laziness,
carnality with the authority of Elijah.
||8. Keeps men weak, vacillating;
knowing what is right but unable to do it (Ahab).
|9. A self examined life
||9. Flatters to seduce, crossless
|10. Exposes sin and Satanic
||10. Tolerates sin, accuses
the spiritual ones.
Remember, essentially Jezebel
is a religious counterfeiter. We must deal with Jezebel for the new creation
to shine through. This religious counterfeiter of the true Holy Spirit
Now you can see why we must
renounce and repent of all Jezebelic involvement in our lives, and why
we must also build ourselves up in the glorious realities of the new creation.
The Jezebelic spirit hates the release of the new creation in worship.
True worship must be from our spirits, how rarely we arrive there! Where
Jezebelic wiles are broken, we as the body of Christ can begin to worship
in spirit and in truth.
produces shame through the spirit
of harlotry, making the victims humiliated.
ruins businesses and jobs by
speaking against God’s anointed ones in the marketplace.
twists words in misrepresentation
and misinformation and projects a camouflage of self-righteousness.
breaks male identity in God
and brings fatherlessness so men seek sodomy or incest.
projects false logos morality
– pretending to be a virgin, she is really mystery Babylon.
self absorbed (Isaiah 47: 8)
but believes by sorcery can keep her ‘spiritual’ children co-dependent.
loves counselling to gain a
following, which she gradually poisons and seduces away from legitimate
brings false guilt and condemnation
to those who question her ‘discernment’. This produces a maternal control
that leads to depression and limitations.
The following Scriptures
warn of Jezebel:
Genesis 39: 12, Potiphar’s wife.
1 Kings 19, Jezebel and Elijah.
1 Kings 21, Jezebel and Naboth.
2 Kings 9: 30f, Jezebel and
2 Kings 11, Athaliah (Jezebel’s
Isaiah 47, the Lady of the kingdoms.
Nahum 3: 4, the scope of Jezebel’s
Isaiah 3: 16 – 26, God’s judgement.
Jeremiah 3: 1 – 5, Israel as
Proverbs 6: 20 – 35, the peril
Proverbs 7: 6 – 27, the harlot.
Judges 16, Samson and Delilah.
Mark 6: 21 – 29, Salome.
Revelation 2: 20 – 22, church
Revelation 18, the fall of Babylon.
As we read these passages,
meditate and inquire of the Lord, we will “wise up” and be prepared. Through
renunciation, repentance and deliverance ministry the glory of the new
creation will shine through. Hallelujah!
We will also be in the secret
place of His presence to receive a greater infilling of the Holy Spirit.
He, the Spirit of truth, always wants to make real to us what our triumphant
Redeemer HAS purchased for us.
The glory of the new creation
is our identification with Christ. Just as He is one with the Father, so
are we one with Him. In the New Testament, Samuel Chadwick points out seven
identifications. We are ONE SPIRIT with the risen Lord and that means exactly
the same as. What a privilege and responsibility!
Through the new birth and
baptism in the Holy Spirit we possess a relationship of sonship with our
Lord Jesus. We have the legal right and borrowed power to become sons of
God, says John 1: 12. Our sonship is authenticated by the leading of the
Holy Spirit (Romans 8: 14). There are two sides to redemption: legal standing
in Him and vital state of our hearts. For example, we are the righteousness
of God in Christ Jesus. It can never be altered or damaged. However, we
work out His righteousness by our righteous motives, righteous thoughts
and deeds. Only His righteousness worked out in our lifestyle causes us
to function as believers. Righteousness gives to us the relationship and
adoption of sons. Galatians 4: 5 – 7 is a picture Paul borrowed from the
heathen world. When a son was 16 he had a coming of age ceremony – only
then could he receive the inheritance. The inheritance was his legally
at birth, but vitally only after an apprenticeship when he learned from
the head slave, the spirit, values and attitudes of the family he had been
born into. Therefore, you are no longer a slave, but a son. A vast family
awaits the believer who is rightly related to the Lord Jesus.
Jesus partook of flesh and
blood that we may become partakers of the divine nature… see Hebrews 2:
14 and 2 Peter 1: 4. Nature is stronger than the conditions of our environment.
I once befriended some Easterhouse teenagers who had adoptive parents on
the remote but beautiful Harris. The locals soon realised they were and
still were tearaways from Glasgow!
Adoption must be linked
to regeneration. The glory source of the new creation is His divine life.
We are not born again by human persuasion, but by divine reckless love
intervening in our sorry state. The Lord’s image defaced in Adam is renewed
in Christ (Colossians 3: 10, 11 and 2 Corinthians 3: 18).
We are conformed to His
image (Romans 8: 29) which means we activate our wills to put off and to
put on! (Ephesians 4: 22 – 24). We identify daily with that daily procedure,
of putting off the works of the flesh and the works of darkness, and putting
on the virtues of Jesus. The activation of the will is essential in our
path toward maturity. We must co-operate with His initiative in regeneration.
It is not a new coat for the man but a brand new man underneath the coat.
We are heirs of God who
share His possessions. Imagine a rich aristocrat marrying a poor girl.
She enjoys his rank, status, home and wealth – it is freely shared with
her, because he invests her with all he has. See 2
Corinthians 8: 9; and 9:
8, the resources of heaven are for us. He took our poverty that we could
RECEIVE HIS WEALTH. We can have ALL sufficiency in ALL things that we may
have an abundance for EVERY good work. How? By ALL GRACE! Hallelujah, if
we are WILLING and OBEDIENT we shall eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:
18). Some are willing for a prosperous life but not obedient and other
sons and daughters obey, but are not willing to grasp the provisions and
possessions. The double premise of willingness and obedience ushers in
the delight of the promise. Inheritance begins in the here and now (this
life), and continues in the hereafter (eternity). The milk and honey of
the promised land begins with looking after bees and cattle, in the actualities
of this life. Faith must have corresponding actions so that we can enjoy
If we are one with Him we
must be like Him. Christ-likeness is the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8: 9).
Christ gave His life FOR US in order for the Holy Spirit to impart TO US
His sinless life… overcoming life… demon-defeating life… death-defying
life… submissive, sacrificial, separated life… of love, joy, peace. As
HE IS so ARE WE… in this world: righteous, pure and in the light. The holy
hereditary is the mark of the new creation. There is an atmosphere of heavenly
glory about the faces of certain saints. I knew several such men at the
Bible College of Wales – they carried the atmosphere of a celestial realm
with them, because of godly character.
The dealings of Christ with
His disciples are the same process for us today. Experience of Jesus Christ
has not been watered down by the Father – even
though many modern movements
have tampered with terminology, and the modern saint is a pale reflection
of what he could be. The great need today is to identify with the genuine
manifestations of the Holy Spirit as in John 20 and Acts 2. The glory of
the new creation depends also on “go on being filled with the Holy Spirit”.
We will also share the experience of persecution (especially if we know
His power). John 15: 18 says,
“…if the world
hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you.”
Matthew 10: 40 is the encouragement,
“He who receives
you, receives Me, and he who receives Me, receives Him who sent Me.”
It is enough that the servant
be as His Lord in times of opposition, and in blessing. In whatever situation,
His peace is our peace (John 14: 27).
We identify with the Great
Commission of Matthew 28: 18 – 20. As co-labourers with Him we are called
into fellowship with the Son of God. As the Father sent Jesus so our Lord
sends us today. It was my joy in the late 1980’s to work with a young missionary
society. Young men and women were receiving the seed that is successful
against any satanic situation, in order to go into all the world. The incorruptible
seed of scripture cannot be destroyed. There is an intensification of teaching
the word, the taking up of a daily cross and the power of the Spirit in
missionary preparations. Many students had to bridge the gap between casual
church experience and the GO of a missionary heart. Here is an acrostic
you will do well to study and develop for yourself.
new solutions – Acts 13: 1 – 3
prayers – Acts 4: 24f
seeds – Acts 19: 1 - 8
peoples – Acts 16, 17
ideas – Acts 10
highways – Acts 27
new souls – Acts 8
May God’s M.I.S.S.I.O.N.
be emblazoned on our hearts with holy fire,
branding us with vision
and passion. The heartbeat of Father should be the heart throb of the church.
When it fails to be, we slowly imperceptibly, perish for lack of purpose.
We are one with Him in reward.
Revelation 3: 21 is the great goal of all Christian living,
“To him who
overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I ALSO overcame
and sat down…”
We enter heaven for free!
We enjoy heaven with our
There in heaven the glory
of the new creation will be everywhere for the sons and daughters who overcome.
The rewards for the overcomer are in short: the throne life. Here is where
man stands higher than the angels! To quote Samuel Chadwick, the great
“The Son of
God in all things the Son of Man, that the sons of men may be as the Son
What an amazing identification!
What a glory of the new creation!
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