Does the Church have authority in this world? Does the Church want any authority in this world? How about this, as a Christian do you see yourself as one with authority? You should and let me tell you why; 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 6:15 states that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature or creation.
As a new creature in Christ there must be radical changes. This Scripture goes on to say, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
When one reads Scripture one will come to verses or passages that are literal, metaphorical, and allegorical or spiritually literal. In our text, RE: new creatures is it to be taken literal, metaphorical, or allegorical? Methinks it is spiritually literal. If being a new creature is not to be taken spiritually literal then neither is being born again.
In the text the Holy Spirit uses two words that I would like to draw your attention to. The two words are all things. With these two (2) little words the Christian can be unleashed. The Christian can speak with authority. With these two (2) little words the Christian can once again become bold as a lion. Did you ever notice that the prophets of God outranked kings? Moses v Pharoah; Elijah v. Ahab; Ehud v. the Moabite king. In Genesis 47:7 Jacob blessed Pharoah and we know the greater blesses the lesser. In the case of Samuel and Saul; who was the greater and who was the lesser?
2 Peter 1:2-4a Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as [H]is divine power hath given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of [H]im that hath called us to glory and virtue (in this present life): Whereby are given us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature…
Authority, new creatures, and partakers of the divine nature?
God isn’t done!
Ephesians 1:3; Blessed be the God and Father or our Lord Jesus Christ, [W]ho hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ….
Galatians 5:22,23; But the fruit of The Spirit (divine nature, new creature) is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance… Meekness is often thought of as weakness but this is not the case. Meekness is to the Christian what a suit and glasses are to Clark Kent. Meekness necessitates great strength; Meekness implies might. Meekness is our secret Identity!
A synonym for all is whole. In Ephesians 6:10-18 we learn that we are in a war and we are called to “put on” the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. God has given each Christian a divinely tailored suit of arms! This whole armour of God consists of loins girt about with truth; a breastplate of our Lord’s imputed righteousness; feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (this means that we are able to face any and all things because the [G]ospel of our Lord Jesus has prepared us); a shield of faith; a helmet of salvation; the sword of the Spirit; an attitude of ceaseless prayer.
The Church, the Body of Christ has all it needs to overwhelm this present evil world; this crooked and perverse generation!
Take up the “all things” ; appropriate the divine nature; put on your armour from God and use these gifts from our God and use them to His Glory!
To sum it all up with a single verse….[P]ut ye on the Lord Jesus Christ… for He is our Armour; He is the Divine Nature; any fruit we bear is because of Him, He is our All Things; He is our Truth; He is our Righteousness; He is our Peace; He is the One in Whom our faith rests; He is our Salvation; He is our Shield.
How does one apply all of this?
1. Believe what God has said about His Christian. 2.Know that you are a completely different creature than those that are without Christ. 3. Know that you have been infused with the divine nature, that is to say, the Holy Spirit. To make this truth as simple as possible I will use Spiderman. What was it that made Peter Parker into Spiderman? He was infused with radioactive spider venom. We have been infused with The Holy Spirit of Sovereign God! 4. Know that the world has power over you only as far as you allow it. 5. No one can make you “feel” any certain way lest you allow it. That means you are giving the control of your emotions over to another and you do so willingly. 6. The Christian is a complete person in Christ; the Christian is sealed by God; the Christian is safe and sound.
Summary: The Christian is an altogether different creature than those without Christ; the Christian has been infused with and has been given all that is needed to stand steadfast in this world and to await His return.