The Problem of the New Creation
Now, the problem, the issue, that the New Creation faces is the problem that Christ faced. The man who has become a New Creation in Christ faces the need of spiritually dead man. It is not given to him to die for them as did Christ, but his place is as essential as was Christ’s. Unto the New Creation is given the message of Redemption to be given to humanity. Study carefully II Corinthians 5:18-19, “But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and gave unto us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not reckoning unto them their trespasses, and having committed unto us the word of reconciliation, we are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ.
“Christ’s work was to provide the reconciliation between God and man. Colossians 1:20, “And through Him to reconcile all things unto Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things upon the earth, or things in the Heavens.” Also verse 22, “Yet now hath He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death to present you holy and without blemish and unreprovable before Him.” Ephesians 2:11-22 also shows His reconciliation between God and man. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself; but He has committed unto us, the New Man in Christ, the message of Reconciliation.”
Christ believed in Love and did His part. Seemingly Redemption has failed. How few have been reached with the message of reconciliation. Yet God has not failed; Christ has not failed. It is the Body of Christ that has failed to give the message of Redemption to humanity. If the Body of Christ had been of the same mind as Christ, the world’s history would have been different. Paul saw the real issue which the New Creation faces. He gives it to us in II Corinthians 5:13-14, “For whether we are beside ourselves it is unto God: whether we are of sober mind it is unto you. For the love of Christ constraineth us for we thus judge, that one died for all: therefore all died.”
Paul believed in love to the extent that he was believed to be beside himself. Paul’s answer was, “The love of Christ has taken hold of my heart. I realize that Christ’s death was every man’s death.” The same love that caused Christ to die for man had constrained Paul’s heart and was causing him to live for them. The attitude of love is this, “I love them as though I had died for them.” Love will make us ambassadors that are as anxious to win men as though we had died to provide the reconciliation. Paul had caught the vision of love. The great Roman Empire was evangelized largely through his efforts. Paul believed in love, so into the pagan world he went as Christ’s ambassador, fully conscious that his message would be an offense to the Jew, foolishness to the Greek, and a jest to the Romans.
Yet he knew that only the message of Reconciliation in Christ would meet man’s need. Love’s testimony is the following: “I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls” (II Corinthians 12:15). God is saying, “I want you to love as my Son loved. You can, for we are one. My nature is yours; My love is yours.” He is asking us to yield to the Lordship of His Love within us. Romans 5:5, “Because the love of God hath been shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit which was given unto us.”
Ephesians 3:16-19 is ours, “That He would grant you according to the riches of His glory that ye may be strengthened with power through His spirit in the inward man that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, and that ye may be filled unto all the fullness of God.” He fills us with His fullness that we might love as He loves. The attitude of love is given in Romans 15:1-3, “Now we that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each one please his neighbor for that which is good, unto edifying. For Christ also pleased not himself; but, as it is written, `The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell upon me.”‘
Love bears the weaknesses of the weak as though it were its own infirmity. Christ did not please Himself but took over the sins, disease, and judgment of others. Love doesn’t criticize or condemn, but love will cause the New Creation in Christ to pray for the one ruled by sin as though he had been made sin for that one. Love will cause us to pray for the sick as though we were the ones who had borne their diseases and carried their pains. To love is to have the mind of Christ. The New Man in Christ, taking Christ’s place, has a debt of love to pay to humanity. Romans 13:8, “Owe no man anything, save to love one another.” This is the issue the New Creation faces, the debt of love we owe to humanity.
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