God is not into recycling.
He does not take the worlds discarded and patch them up. He is strictly into make old things a new creation.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18 NKJV).
The whole concept of being born again (John 3:3-7) and the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:3-7) is that you become a whole new species through the miraculous working of God.
You were once a sinner, living by the passions of the flesh and the pleasures of the world. Your heart was filled with bigotry, envy, jealousy and bitterness. Through the miraculous work of new birth imparted by the power of God, you have become a saint.
You are now living in true righteousness and holiness by the power, motivation, direction and discipline of the Holy Spirit.
You are not just a sinner saved by grace because if you are a sinner you are not saved. If you are saved by grace you certainly are not a sinner.
How to Live As a New Creation
Once you were a sinner, but now, you are saved by grace.
Once you were alien and not a part of the Kingdom of God, but now, you are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and adopted in the family of God.
That same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead now lives in you and He has made you a son or a daughter of God; an heir and join-heir with Jesus Christ. You are blessed “…with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:3-6 NKJV).
As a new creation, born of the Spirit, God means for you to experience abundant life.
Jesus Christ said, “For I have come that they might have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
Abundant living means living a life of wholeness or completeness. James wrote, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4 NKJV).
The Apostle explains to the church at Ephesus, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13 NKJV).
The “perfect man” or being made perfect does not mean someone without flaws. “Perfect” is the Greek word teleios meaning completeness, or wholeness.
A born again child of God can live the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. It is His will for you to live a whole life spirit, soul, and body.
As a new creation you can live in wholeness.
1. Wholeness in spirit is being born again by the Holy Spirit and receiving new life within you. It is living by a whole new life source because the Spirit of God is within you. You no longer have to live out past failures, old memories and victimization of past hurts and abuses.
2. Wholeness in soul means you have been cleansed the blood of Jesus and the renewing work of the Holy Spirit. You no longer live with your conscience and emotions defiled by bi