The Whole New Creation

The Whole New Creation-Karina's Thought

 

Few days ago when I was gardening, suddenly there was a beautiful butterfly landed on my arm. Closely I watched its colorful wings. It was very, very beautiful. Along I looked to that butterfly, I pondered how amazing and wonderful God’s creation. Butterfly experienced four stages of metamorphosis before becomes a beautiful butterfly. Initially started from the eggs that hatch and give birth to larvae (caterpillars), which may be for many people especially women considered to be a disgusting thing. This caterpillar movement would easily make many people shudder in disgust when seeing or touching it. Then the caterpillar will change into a cocoon, and finally from the cocoon it will come out a beautiful butterfly. Gracefully the butterfly will fly showing its beauty. It is really change in total.
Another thing crossed to my mind. In our Christian living, Metamorphosis that occurs in the butterfly could we use as an analogy / simple model from a change in life. As Christians we change from the old person becomes a new one. I just thinking that indeed the changes that happen to us are no less amazing than the butterfly. When we accept Jesus, we experience a peace process with the Lord. We previously smeared with sins and do not deserve to be saved, now becomes feasible to accept the great salvation solely through the God’s grace and mercy, through the great redemptive work of Christ on the cross. Thus, when we are united with Christ, we also experienced a metamorphosis, totally becomes a new creation.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

And all of it, once again, comes from God through Christ,

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: (2 Corinthians 5:18)

We might previously such as disgusting caterpillars or larvae, now we have a great opportunity to be transformed into a beautiful butterfly with accepting Christ and baptism.

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. (Romans 6: 4-5)

When we are baptized as a sign of obedience and our faith in Jesus, all our bad habits and all sin in the past is already death. We restored and transformed. Therefore we should no longer devote ourselves to sins, because the power of sin has been defeated.

 

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. Because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. (Romans 6:6-7)

A question arises in my mind. In our everyday life, whether we have truly morphed and become a new creation? Have we really left our old life? Whether we already give an impact to others with our new life? And how we live our life as a new creation? In the difficult and tough world today, I often find and see the sad fact that there are many people claim to be Christians but in their daily lives do not reflect as the new creation. For a simple example, in the business world that I involved, I found many entrepreneurs who known as Christians still not reflect as a new creation. Without any sense of guilt and fear, they still compromise with worldly things which are contrary to what is supposed to do as a Christian and as a new creation just for the smoothness of their business sake. They justify the ways that are contrary to God’s command to get their business benefits as they expected. Very sad but that is the fact. They forgot or maybe even deliberately ignoring what God wants from us as a new creation. Paul emphatically said to the Romans,

 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

This verse is very clear that God want us truly experience a metamorphosis which is granted by God, like what happened to the caterpillar up to become a butterfly. We have to change our lifestyle, outlook and mindset becomes a new one. If previously we do not know what is pleasing to God, now we know about it, and know what is perfect in God’s eyes. Changes are not just stop at the physical changes alone, but are also able to change what is within us. In the previous verse, Paul also asserted that it is important for us to get to the level where we deserve to give ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God,

 

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)

Becomes transformed or in my analogy above described as metamorphosis is a beautiful and precious opportunity from God, we should be able to appreciate the amazing grace that God has given to us to live our life as a new creation. All has been bestowed by God to us. The problem is, do we want to make the decision to experiencing the process of becoming a butterfly or just stop being a caterpillar and cocoon only. Are we willing to leave our old life and starting a new better life. As when we wear dirty clothes, we have to throw the dirty clothes then we wear with the clean one. It is impossible if we wearing the new clothes without releasing the old and dirty clothes. Do we are willing and able to leave all of our old dirty lives and abandon all the habits and bad character as Paul said,

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. (Colossians 3:5-6)

It used to be possible we indulge the various desires of the flesh as mentioned in those verses; maybe we even be controlled by it all. But as a new creation who experience a metamorphosis, we have to totally rid it all as it is written in Colossians 3:8-10,

But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

On the other side, when we have truly experienced a total change into a new creation, it will enable us spiritually to be fruitful. We changed to become God’s child, to be a “chosen people, holy and beloved”, and in the form of a new creation we have compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and forgiveness. (Colossians 3:12-13) We also put love as a binder in perfect unity. (Verse 14-15)
My beloved friends, let we think and ponder these; How our spiritual quality now? Whether we are thirsty and longing to be transformed totally into a beautiful butterfly or our metamorphosis just stop being a cocoon only? If we have really took off our “dirty clothes” or we are just wearing a new clean clothes but behind in it still lags behind the “dirty clothes” Have we totally put to the death all of our earthly nature? This evening, with all humility, I encourage you let’s together to do not waste the opportunity that has been given by God to be changed, Let us not waste the gift of God that we have received by returning to the deeds of our sins as in the past.

 

As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. (2 Corinthians 6:1)

Let’s we win the spiritual warfare against the devil temptations, no longer to be a slave of sin, say goodbye to the darkness live, soon come into the God’s light, living in it and has a light of life.

 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”(John 8:12)

We also have to always living in the unity of Spirit and remain walk in the Spirit.

 

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25)

Then we could become a beautiful butterfly that brings God’s grace, to be fruitful to those people around us, and finally people will call us as “The whole new creation” Are we willing to? Amen.
Karina – Living by Faith
Photo credit: http://www.sharefaith.com
Related article: http://astorybyme.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/butterflies-in-the-darkness/

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48 thoughts on “The Whole New Creation

  1. Phil 3:10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]

    We keep being transformed ❤

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  2. Ah, how beautiful and important is this post, dear Sister Karina! I praise God He speaks to you so clearly and empowers you to write like this! Indeed we rob ourselves and God of blessings when we take His Amazing “metamorphosizing” Grace for granted. I suppose we all do to some extent, since we still live in these earthly tents. But it is serious business walking in the way of the flesh when we have already tasted the Goodness of the Spirit of the Lord- Indeed!! These verses always give me chills:

    “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.” – Hebrews 6:4-8

    By “fallen away” above, I would like to believe this means the person who has done a complete “about-face” away from God- turned completely around to following old sinful ways of the former self, when God has already granted them a new life-saving self! It is amazing to me that God graciously extends to us the gift of free will- that even after being born-again, we still have the every-moment choice to follow our own carnal ways or to choose to walk in His Spirit- the Spirit he granted us when we accepted Christ into our hearts. I have been praying lately, Karina, that God govern my mind by the power of His Spirit!!! (As Paul says, so often we do that which we don’t want to do!)

    “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.” – Romans 8:6-13

    Thank you once again, gifted Karina, for another critical, beautifully-written post! God bless you! In Sisterly love, Nancy
    P.S. Amen, Lightforlifeinspirations!!

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    • Dear my sister in Christ, Nancy,
      Your Bible verses, once again, becomes my important contemplation and very useful for my spiritual growth. Especially in terms of become a new creation. May God always anoint us with His Holy Spirit, life in it and always walk with Spirit so that we continue experience metamorphosis until we become a perfect new creation and God wants. Amen. Thank you so much for reading and gave a lovely comment:) Have a blessed day to you, sis Nancy.

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    • Nancy we are not lost if we fall into sin, falling away as shown in Hebrews 6 means rejecting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, if we do this how can we be brought back to repentance when He is the one who forgives us.

      Jesus rescues His lost sheep and so we can be forgiven if we fall into sin but than come to heart repentance like the Prodigal Son did. When we are Born again, we can’t sin as confirmed in much more than one Scripture and as shown below.

      1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

      1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.

      Some think just because they haven’t sinned much their OK and better than others but God tells us if we break one Commandment it is like we have broken them all and yes as Paul said we are all the worst of sinners, we killed Jesus, He had to die to redeem us.

      True heart repentance is needed which means we do as Karina shared, we put our flesh to death not just pretend it’s not there or excuse it.

      Christian Love – Anne

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  3. Karina, the entire analogy is beautifully expressed. We so often forget what God intends us to be, and that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” If we continue to live chained to our old ways, before we accepted God’s grace and freedom, we will only be a butterfly who will never use its wings, walking on the ground as caterpillar. That would be a sad choice, and definitely not in God’s plan!

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    • Dear sister Susan
      That is so true! we have to leave our old live and take off our “dirty clothes” with living in His light and Spirit. Thank you very much for your great comment,sis 🙂 Many love and blessings to you.

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  4. Karina, it is wonderful to be reading your words again. One other thing came to mind: each of the stages leading to a beautiful butterfly is truly beautiful in different ways. No verses for you 🙂
    Just the thought that our lord desires all of us experience the real relationship of love he invites us to – and however and whenever we do or don’t experience that relationship – at each and every stage He has created beauty and perfection for who we are/what we are.
    I say this with great thanks that He waited so long for me to discover that loving invitation.

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    • Dear brother Paul,

      Once again, I got another insight to ponder through your great thought. It was so important for me 🙂 Thank you very much for always gave me powerful and useful insight on my thought. Many blessings to you.

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  5. A wonderful post, my dear! The bible is the only book which can transform a person…change their lives completely, like a caterpillar to a butterfly!

    Grandpa Steve 🙂

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      • You are welcome, my sweet. This was a lovely and well written post, it’s wonderful that you could find the time to share it with us.

        Have a fantastic day, Karina, and good luck with your business affairs. 🙂

        May the Lord keep smiling upon you…

        Grandpa Steve 🙂 🙂

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  6. Dear Karina, I really liked your analogy. It was very insightful and you talked about many things I have thought about but never was able to express on paper. Your words are beautiful just like a butterfly is beautiful. Thank you for linking to my post also. May I add a link to your post from my original post just as you have done here? God bless you Karina and have a wonderful day.

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    • My dear sis T,
      Thank you so much 🙂 I am so glad too if you liked my post. Definitely yes! Please give me the link and I will put it on my post 🙂 God bless you too, sis. Have a wonderful day.

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  7. We can decide to be a caterpillar or we can allow the spirit of God to transform us into what we are really supposed to be – a butterfly figuratively speaking……I loved this post Karina!
    Another amazing God inspired post. God bless you

    Rolain

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    • Dear brother Ben,
      Oow I am feel so honor you said this a wonderful teaching. Thank very much for your compliment. Honestly I just share my thought 🙂 once again thank you so much for the lovely and up lifting comment. Blessings to you, brother Ben.

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  9. Dear Karina, I appreciated very much your message and the Scripture you shared, to be Born again of The Spirit means we have God’s seed (see below) which means we don’t sin but first we must put our flesh to Death that causes us to sin by The Spirit and aim to be perfected in Love as God tells us to do and Paul also confirms, good and evil cannot co-exist.

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

    I loved your Dirty clothes Allegory Karina, I also likened the transformation to clothes and yes a Butterfly too. I hope you don’t mind if I share about my dress with you below or that I responded to Nancy, we do it a lot in Aussie Blogging and I appreciate it when others do the same with me but only if what is said is confirmed by Scripture and not just what they think or if they are abusive and rude. As God tells us Iron sharpens Iron so yes we are to correct error and rebuke sinfulness in Love and for Love when needed.

    I had a white dress with black stains on it so I used a white out marking pen to cover them up and it worked but a few washes later they were back so I did them again but once again they reappeared so I brought a new white dress and it has no black spots at all.

    We are like the Dress with the black spots we can cover up our sinful nature, negative and sinful thoughts and attitudes and try to hide them or ignore them but they will return we have to be clothed in a new spotless garment which Jesus brought for us by His death but we can’t wear both, one has to go, this is why God tells us to put our evil flesh nature to death and as we choose to walk in The fruit of The Spirit ( Galations5 ) He empowers us to do so and so our flesh is put to death and what is so wonderful is our new Spiritual garment is without spot or wrinkle it’s all white meaning pure and Holy… the old has gone and the new has come…and Jesus has set us free from the Slavery of sin so no temptation will be greater then we can bear, He provides the strength to resist it and so we walk as He walked in Victory.

    Christian Love Always in our Unity in Christ Jesus – Anne.

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    • Dear sister in Christ, Anne..

      Oh I really love your story about the dress. What an another great analogy. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 I also thank you for the Scriptures and explanation. It will be my pondering. I am grateful to God have many great blogger like you who could give me very positive thoughts so that I could learn so many important things. Once again thank you very much. Your comments are support for me to write better. Many love and blessings to you, sis.

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  10. Beautiful analogy. Years ago, I learned a children’s song that said, “Bullfrogs and butterflies, they’ve both been born again.” I want to be like a beautiful butterfly, instead of stuck as an egg, caterpillar or cocoon. When I first joined social media, I used a nickname, “Kimimela”, a Lakota word for butterfly, because of how it represents transformation, and because my real name means “reborn”. Thank you, Karina!

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    • Dear sister Rene,
      What a beautiful meaning of your name. Thank you for sharing your personal story to me, sis. Same as you, I alwyas have longings to be transformed become a beautiful butterfly. Thank you for reading and gave a lovely comment, sis. Have a blessed live in the Lord.

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  11. Hi dear Karina! Your post is one of the few posts I always like to read with a relaxing fresh mug of coffee because of the rich insights from the word of God in your post 🙂

    Reading through this post, this verse really caps it well for me “As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. “(2 Corinthians 6:1). Through sin death came to all, but through the abundant grace of God in the blood of Christ, life came back to the human race. I pray that we will not abuse grace, but that we will truly admonish the power of God’s grace so that we can live to the fullness of who we are in Christ.

    Thank you! Love and richest blessings to you and your hubby! 🙂

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    • Dear sis Shade,
      You are much welcome. I thank you for reading and gave me a very well comment. Yes let we pray to not abuse God’s grace and experience totally metamorphosis becomes a fully new creation. Amen. Thank you very much and blessings to you.

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  12. very good read….Romans 12:2 is one of my favorite scriptures….love how you list so many good scriptures within your post! God bless!

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  13. I just want to say that I love your posts. They are sincere and written with Christ and the Word at the center. I also love butterflies, and I was just thinking about this metamorphosis process last night 🙂 Everything you wrote is true, and it’s a great challenge for all Christians. Thanks for sharing!

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