Gal 6:15-16 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16) And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. The Greek word for new means the act of founding, establishing, or creating. The Greek word for creature means recently made, fresh, unused, unworn, a new kind; unprecedented, uncommon, or unheard of. John 3:7-8 – Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8) The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. This new creature comes as we confess our sin, surrender our lives to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and commit our lives to His will and purposes, which requires our own personal death to the old corrupted nature within and a yielding to the Holy Spirit, for it is He who graces us and sheds the love of God abroad in our hearts. Rom 8:12-14 – Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13) For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
2 Cor 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Christianity is more than just a religion it is a contract with God, sealed by the Holy Spirit, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvaries cross, to become sons of God, through faith that works through love. Heb 2:10-11 – For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. There are several different meanings for sons, but here it refers to descendants without reference to sex. A Christians faith is more than just making it to heaven and eternal life, but placement in an eternal kingdom as sons of God, to manage His kingdom on earth and in eternity. (Ps 82, Matt 25:23) Eph 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. Religion is a work of man that produces no eternal rewards. Most of all it can’t attain to the love of God that is required, manifesting a sacrificial offering of each believer, necessary for our reward and placement in eternity.
1 Cor 3:11-15 – For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12) Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13) Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14) If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15) If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. It would be very disappointing if a persons works on earth were in vain and they missed receiving their crown of life and their reward in eternal life. James 1:12 – Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
How can we know the work of the Spirit and the works of the flesh? Gal 5:16-21 – This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18) But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21) Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Notice that nine of these works of the flesh deal solely with how we relate to one another! These are hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders. Many, even Christians are quick to judge others for practicing adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, and witchcraft, while they major in most of the other works of the flesh, rejecting the love of God toward one another and grieve the Holy Spirit. Eph 4:29-30 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Gal 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. As we can see there is a clear difference between the fruit of the spirit and that of the flesh. John 13:34-35 – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. You can’t love one another and continually allow the flesh to manifest itself in these nine evil works and characteristics. However, if you love one another, this same love will cover a multitude of sin. 1 Peter 4:8-10 – Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9) Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 10) As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. All this is the works of the new creature within us as we are born again of the Spirit, which gradually manifest Christ in us the hope of glory while putting off the deeds of the flesh. Eph 4:22-24 – That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.