â€œFor in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.â€ (Galatians 6:15)
n the original Greek text of the New Testament, the word translated â€œcreatureâ€ is the same as â€œcreation,â€ so Paul, in our text, is stressing the vital importance of being a â€œnew creationâ€ in Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is nothing less than the mighty Creator of heaven and Earth (Colossians 1:16), and the very same creative power which called the universe into existence must be exerted on each lost sinner to create in him a new nature, capable of having the eternal fellowship with God for which man and woman were created in the beginning.
This new creation is not only for the purpose of saving their souls, but also for transforming their lives. â€œTherefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become newâ€ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Although good works can never bring salvation, salvation must inevitably bring good works, for we are thereby â€œcreated in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in themâ€ (Ephesians 2:10). Paul exhorts us to continually â€œput on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holinessâ€ (Ephesians 4:24).
Adam and Eve were originally created â€œin the image of Godâ€ (Genesis 1:27), but that image has been grievously damaged by unbelief and overt sin. Although still resident in manâ€”in fact, distinguishing him from the animalsâ€”this divine image must be renewed through saving faith in our Creator/Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Therefore, the Scripture reminds all true believers that they â€œhave put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created himâ€ (Colossians 3:9-10). HMM