Many exciting things are happening as we approach our 20th anniversary in 2022! Several years ago, we changed our name from Catholic New Creation to Christian New Creation to reflect the fact that we serve Christian men of all Christian denominations. Now, to better communicate our mission, we have decided that it was time to update our website and communications.
Our mission to transform lives through Christ by providing transitional housing to men recently released from TDCJ prisons has not changed. In fact, we have become even more determined to empower men to become New Creations.
What is a New Creation? Board member Kevin Rung shares:
The new creation is described in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
“Therefore” refers us back to Corinthians, verses 14-16, where Paul tells us that all believers have died with Christ and no longer live for themselves. Our lives are no longer worldly; they are now spiritual.
Our “death” is that of the old sin nature which was nailed to the cross with Christ. Remember, that on the cross, Christ revealed to the criminal (Luke 23:43): “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” So, the old sin nature was buried with Him, and just as He was raised up by the Father, so are we raised up to “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). That new person that was raised up is what Paul refers to in 2 Corinthians 5:17 as the “new creation.”
How can we comprehend this saving grace? In prayer, meditation and scriptural study we can imbue this spirit of love that resides in us. For example, John 1:13 tells us that this new birth was brought about by the will of God. We did not inherit the new nature or decide to re-create ourselves anew. Neither did God simply clean up our old nature; He created something entirely fresh and unique. Only the Ruler of the Universe, Our Lord God, could accomplish such great deeds!
Next, “old things have passed away.” Our new self can look outwardly toward Christ instead of inward. The old self has died, nailed to the cross with our sin nature.
What about the Christian who continues to sin? There is a difference between continuing to sin and continuing to live in sin. The redeemed Christian is being sanctified (made holy) day-by-day, sinning less and hating it more each time he fails. Yes, we still sin, but unwillingly and less and less frequently as we mature in Christ, Our Savior.
We now have the choice to “let sin reign” or to count ourselves “dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11-12). Best of all, now we have the power to choose the latter!