Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Cor. 5:17).

Therefore—As if he should have said, Will you have the reason why that I know nothing any more after the flesh; no, not even Christ himself? It is because I am a new creature, that is the reason of it. I have had a new principle wrought in my understanding, by which all my thoughts are turned; all my former thoughts perish, as a man’s doth when he dies.—RICHARD SIBBES.

The work of grace is wholly supernatural; it is a creation, and a creation-work is above the power of the creature. No power but that which gave being to the world, can give a being to the new creature: Almighty Power goes forth to give being to the new creature. This creature is not born of flesh, or of blood, nor of the will of man (John 1:13).—JOHN FLAVEL.

Some say, “It denotes no more but a new course of life, only the expression is metaphorical. A new creature is a moral man that hath changed his course and way; for if he were always a moral man, and was never in any vicious way or course, then he was always a new creature.” This is a good gospel, at once over-throwing original sin and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ! This turning all Scripture expressions of spiritual things into metaphors is but a way to turn the whole into a fable, or at least to render the gospel the most obscure and improper way of teaching the truth of things that ever was made use of in the world.—JOHN OWEN.

In Christ

To be in Christ, it is not enough that we have been baptized into the Christian faith, that we bear the Christian name, and have assumed a profession of the Gospel; we must be vitally united to ...

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