Birth Part III
The new birth is compared to
or said to be many things including: resurrection,
circumcision, and creation. In this installment we will look
at the new birth as a spiritual "creation." First, the bible
tells us that God is the only creator as follows:
Ephesians 3:9, "...who created all things by Jesus
b. Colossians 1:16, "For by him were all things created,
that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and
invisible...all things were created by him, and for
c. Revelation 4:11, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive
glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all
things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
is the only creator, thus, by inference man has created
nothing, nor is he capable of creating anything.
while God completed his natural creation in six days and
rested on the seventh, his creation of spiritual things
continues as evidenced by Revelation 4:11 where it is said
that for God's "pleasure they are and were created." The
word "are" indicates a now creation whereas the word "were"
indicates a past creation. Natural creation is past,
spiritual creation continues.
those who are born again are said to be the created
workmanship of God in Ephesians 2:10, "For we are his
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which
God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." In
Ephesians 4:24 we read, "And that ye put on the new man,
which after God is created in righteousness and true
holiness." Thus, we conclude that the "new man" is the
creation of God. In the new birth the inner or new man is
created in righteousness and true holiness by our faithful
those who are born again are said to be new creatures as
Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he
is a new creature..."
b. Galatians 6:15, "For in Christ Jesus neither
circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but
a new creature."
Furthermore, the use of the term, creature, in the New
Testament has reference to those who are born again in all
but a few scriptures in which natural creation is indicated
by the context.
we are born again (created) we are given a new set of
senses. We are told in I Corinthians 2:9, 14 that the
natural senses and the natural man cannot discern spiritual
things. It is only after we have been born again (created)
that we are enabled to have senses that can discern
spiritual things. Eight times in the gospels and eight times
in the book of Revelation we are told, "He that hath ears to
hear, let him hear..." These verses have reference to
spiritual ears for we cannot discern spiritual things
through the natural man. Also we are told that "Except a man
be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Thus it
takes spiritual eyes to perceive that spiritual kingdom. In
addition, since God is a Spirit we must have spiritual
feeling in order to "feel after him" (Acts 17:27).
Furthermore, to "taste the heavenly gift" (Hebrews 6:4) and
to "taste the good word of God" (Hebrews 6:5) and to "taste
that the Lord is gracious" (I Peter 2:3) takes spiritual
taste buds that we come into possession of when we are born
perceive the odor of a sweet smell from Christian sacrifices
(Philippians 4:18) we must possess a spiritual nose.
conclusion, God alone and without the help or assistance of
man creates us spiritually (causes us to be born again). We
must have been created spiritually in order to perceive
spiritual things. Thus to hear and respond to the gospel we
must have been born again. For these reasons we may conclude
that the gospel is for those already born again and not for
those who haven't been born again.