There is No “New Creature” Inside Us
Neither is there a “new man” inside us. We don’t “become a new creature”. We pass over from being part of the old creation to being legally part of the new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Galatians 6:15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
When I think of the “new creation”, why do I think of justification, and not only about regeneration? Well, I ask, why do most Calvinists draw the line between two natures? Where does the Bible talk about the new creation being a new nature? Where does the Bible talk about union with Christ being a new nature? Why don’t you draw the line between the justified and the condemned?
I am not denying the new birth or the absolute necessity for it. I am only saying that the new birth is not “union with Christ” and that it does not result in something called “the new nature”. The “new man” has to do with a change in legal state, and not first of all with a change of substance or nature.
II Corinthians 5:14 “one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live would no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sakes died and was raised. From now on, we regard no one according to the flesh”.
We should not judging the new creation by morality or immorality or by anything other than the gospel of justification. “If anyone is in Christ, there is a NEW CREATION. The old has passed; the new has come.”
“Those who live” means first of all those who are justified. The category of “those who live” is also not about a change of substance or nature but about an imputed reality, legal life because of justification.
The “new man” is first of all about a legal change of identity, a legal before and after. It’s not gradual; it’s an either or—- this legal state or that legal state. The new is not continually caused by a “sacramental feeding on Christ” but by God’s imputation of what God did in Christ in His death and resurrection.
Christ is here by His Spirit, yes, but not in some different way because of water or bread and wine. And also, Christ is not here, not yet, and we believe and obey and hope, waiting for the day when Christ will be here. He has not not yet come down from heaven as He will someday, and heaven has no Christians in it yet, no matter what the “minister of the sacrament” might say.
John 3: 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
So how then are we in Christ? Only for those now in Christ legally has the old has passed. For some of the elect, God has already declared the legal verdict. One day, at the resurrection, there will be visible evidence of that verdict. God is justified in justifying the ungodly elect.