It's like a splash of cold water on a hot day. It's like a bite of juicy watermelon when you're both hungry and thirsty. It's like being told you don't have to take that really hard math test after all. It's like doing the debt-free scream on Dave Ramsey's radio show. It's being set free from the bondage of sin and decay.
A new creation! New life in Christ! What an awesome thing!
Sin weighs us down, and he lifted it off of us and onto the cross, washing us clean.
Isaiah 1 : 18
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
A hobby of mine is making soap (yes, from lye), and one of my favorite molds is that of a fish with ἰχθύς spelled out in it—the Greek acronym ichthus, which means Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.
In one batch of soap I made using this mold, I put some red coloring to emulate the verse from Isaiah. After wrapping the bars up, I attached the verse on a tag. I thought it was kind of a neat illustration—even though the soap is red, it washes the dirt of off you, leaving you spotless.
We need no longer go around with the chains of sin that entangle, making us stumble—“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5 : 1) There is no need to be weighed down by your sins since Jesus took them to the cross for you.
Are there sins you struggle with, sins you either can't let go of or can't forgive yourself for? Since Christ bore them himself, why do you suffer? We like to be in control, particularly over the darker regions of our lives, but there has already been a light shone on them—and they are gone! It is indeed a hard thing to recognize our utter lack of control, but pray, pray, pray for God's hand to work in you. He has made real the forgiveness and new life he promised us. And we are made anew!
Being made a new creation means not being the same anymore. It means a shedding of sinful ways and a putting on of new glory. It means recognizing we are nothing without Christ. And this happens every day, all the time—both 2 Corinthians 4:11 and 16 say we are always dying, always being renewed to show His glory. There's no room for sin anymore!
Titus 2:11-14 reminds us it is the grace of God that teaches us to live godly lives. We couldn't do it under our own power “while we wait for...the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior.” (v. 13) We study the Word, we spend time with God in prayer, we follow his commands—all marks of the Holy Spirit taking up residence in our hearts, making us new creations.
Praise God for throwing away our sin and making us new creations!