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Regarding Christ According to the Spirit
June 25, 2017      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

Sam reminds us that anyone in Christ is a new createion, not the old creation polished up.

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2 Corinthians 5:14-17
14 “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;
15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Anyone in Christ is a new creation.

There are two orders of things:
1. Old Creation - cursed, decaying, and dying saturated by sin and Satan.
2. New Creation - blessed, growing, and living saturated by the Holy Spirit.

The believer is not the Old Creation polished up.
The believer is a wholly new Creation birthed out from Jesus by the Spirit.
Jesus is the headwaters for the New Creation.

The Uncreated clothed himself in the Old Creation leading it through the Cross and the grave into the heavenly realms so that he could produce a "New Creation" by the Spirit.

These glorious realities are first perceived by a "Spiritual View" and Receiving of Christ.

Two ways to view Christ:
1. By the flesh
2. By the Spirit

Flesh views:
- Heretically
- Famously
- Religiously

Spiritual view:
- Revelation
- Prophetic

Jesus is a person but also a place, provision, power, and so much more.

The Apostle John is inspired to reveal a seven-fold revelation of Jesus as the "I Am":

  1. “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger” (John 6:35)
  2. “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12)
  3. “I am the door” (John 10:9)
  4. “I am the true vine” (John 15:1)
  5. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (John 10:11)
  6. “I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25)
  7. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6)

These statements not only describe "who" Jesus is but they also describe "how" Jesus is experienced in the Holy Spirit.

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