Once we understand the new creation, the door of revelation opens as never before. We no longer see ourselves as specimens being tested by God to prove our worth. We understand that Jesus was tested in all ways on our behalf and He passed the test! So much so that He purchased us unto Himself and has chosen to live in us.
Why would God need to test us? Must we also go to the cross to redeem ourselves? God doesn’t test or tempt us (same Greek word). God tested Jesus and He took our place. When we believe, we are given His nature, His righteousness and His place with God!
- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Cor. 5:17)
- much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17)
- and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Eph. 2:6)
And what else?
- and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (Col. 2:10)
To say you must be tested and tempted is to say that you are not complete. Which is it? Either you are complete in Him or you aren’t. Either you are seated with Him or you aren’t. Either He has made His abode in you or He hasn’t.
What God has done for us is give us everything that pertains to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:2-4). We are fully equipped for the abundant life and for victory. That is “good news!”
We have His Name, His Spirit, His blood, His covenant, His promises, His Word, His gifts of the Spirit, His faith, His righteousness, His authority, His armor, and the keys to His Kingdom. Why do so many run to Job and avoid Jesus? This boggles the mind.
You are a “new creation.” Embrace it. Study it. Ask God to reveal it to you. Paul prayed this way for believers.
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.Ephesians 1:17-19
by Barry Bennett – shared with permission