A New Creature in Christ
A Messy Family Tree
Some people struggle with the feeling of what it is like to be a new creature in Christ, especially when they are living a life filled with addiction to many things. God desires to have his human creature come to the knowledge of his dear Son, Jesus Christ. God decided to adopt us in his redemption plan into his own family by bringing us to himself through our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:5.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to start reading the New Testament from the beginning. I started from Matthew and began from chapter 1. As I read down the genealogy, Abrahams’ name came up first, followed by other mens’ names. My first encounter with a woman was Tamar. Who was Tamar? That’s a good question. I like to interest you with a fact before I tell you who Tamar was. Do you know that only the names of five women were listed in the first chapter? Yes, only five women. I don’t consider it a big deal that only five women’s names were mentioned however, what is interesting is that each of these women was unique in her own space!
You can become a new creature in Christ
A lot of people wonder whether or not God loves them. They tend to think that God can never use them because of all the terrible things and different addictions they are into or have done. Well, I have good news for you, and the good news is that you should take a look at Jesus’s genealogy. The people that are part of his lineage are ordinary people with flaws like you and me. God truly loves you and can and will use you if you allow him. He is ready to turn that addiction into adoption and have you become a new creature in Christ.
There were fourteen generations between Abraham and David, fourteen generations between David and captivity into Babylon, and fourteen generations from Babylon to Jesus Christ the Messiah. Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and, Mary were the five women on the list.
Tamar played the harlot. If one is to judge by human standard, Tamar would not have been considered, as someone to be on the family tree of Jesus. All glory to God, who does not judge us as we deserve but is willing to cleanse us and make us a new creature in Christ when we come to him.
Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah and, Judah was one of the sons of Isreal. Judah got married to a Canaanite woman who was the daughter of Shua. Judah’s wife had three sons for him. The oldest was Er, his brother was Onan, and Shelah was the last born.
Judah arranged a young woman by the name of Tamar for Er to marry. The Lord took Er’s life because he was wicked in the sight of the Lord. It was customary then to have the next child produce an heir for the brother that died therefore, Onan married Tamar but, Onan was not willing to have a child who will not be his heir, and anytime he slept with Tamar, he spilled the semen on the ground. The Lord took his life because the action was evil.
After these took place, Judah asked his daughter-in-law to go back to her father’s house and wait till his last-child, Shelah, grew up to have her as his wife. When Shelah grew up, Judah decided that he did not want Shelah to marry Tamar because he was afraid he might die like his brothers.
Can such a life of deception, incest, and shame become a new creature in Christ?
Some years passed, and Judah’s wife died. After Judah was out of mourning, he and his friend, Hirah the Adullamite, went to Timnah to supervise his sheep shearing. Tamar saw that Shelah was grown and, there was no marriage arrangement made for him. Then she heard of where her father-in-law was going. Tamar put aside her widow’s clothes, dressed up, and covered herself with a veil to disguise herself. She then sat beside the road at the entrance of a village that led up to Timnah.
Judah saw her and did not know she was his daughter-in-law but thought she was a prostitute and, he propositioned her. She agreed to have sex with him and, Judah promised to send a young goat to her as payment. To guarantee this, she requested Judah to give her his signet, bracelets, and staff which she will return once he made good on his promise of the young goat. Later, Judah sent his friend to deliver the goat but did not find her.
Judah later heard that his daughter-in-law was pregnant. Judah ordered her killing. As she was being led out to be burnt, she sent the signet, bracelets, and staff to Judah and said she was pregnant with the child of the owner of the items. Judah recognized them and acknowledged that Tamar had been more honorable than he. He never slept with her again. Tamar gave birth to twin boys Perez and Zerah.
To answer the above question, I dare say yes. Such a life of deception, incest, and shame can become a new creature in Christ if there is repentance. Jesus is standing at the door and knocking and he is ready to come in if invited. Revelations 3:10
Joshua 2: 1-24 and Josuah 6: 1-25
When you search the web on Rahab, you will immediately see her referred to as a harlot. Indeed, she was a gentile prostitute, one I believe, later demonstrated faith in the God of Isreal. What do I mean? When the children of Isreal left Egypt, God promised to take them to a land flowing with milk and honey. He promised to give them the land of the Canaanites as a possession. After Moses died, Josuah took over, and one of the tasks was to send men to spy out the land of Jericho, and Josuah, secretly sent them to Jericho.
However, the king of Jericho heard that some Israelites have come to spy out the land. The king sent a message to Rehab asking her to bring out the men that came to her house. Rehab protected the men by telling the king that the men came to her but had left, and if the king were to hurry and send guards after them, they would still catch up with them. However, Rahab had hidden the men on top of her roof. She had covered them with the bundle of flax she had laid out.
From Addiction to Adoption: Rahab became a Proselyte
When she returned from the king’s palace to her house, Rahab went up to the roof to talk with them. She acknowledged that God had given the land of Jericho to the children of Isreal because the whole of Jericho was afraid of them. The men made a promise not to destroy Rehab and her household when the Lord delivers Jericho to the Israelites on the condition that she kept their mission a secret.
Rehab then let the men down the window of her house which was built into the walls of the town. The spies instructed her to tie the scarlet rope to the window of her house, from where she let them down. Rahab did just that and, she was not destroyed with the city. She married Salmon and lived among the Israelites. Rahab made it to the list of the righteous people in Hebrews 11 which shows to say when you turn to the Lord, no matter how deep you have gone, you can become a new creature in Christ.
Ruth the Moabitess– A summary of Ruth in the Bible
Ruth Chapters 1-4
This woman had a book named after her in the bible. Ruth was a Moabitess and, if you have studied the history of the Moabites, you will know that they are children of the act of incest. There was famine at a time when Judges ruled in Isreal. Elimelech took his wife, Naomi, and their two sons, Mahlon and Kilion, left Bethlehem of Judah to live in Moab. While they were there, Elimelech died. Naomi’s two sons got married to Orpah and Ruth the Moabitess. Mahlon and Kilion died about ten years later and left Naomi and the two Moabites’ wives.
Naomi heard that the Lord had blessed the land of Judah with crops again. Naomi decided to return home and informed her daughters-in-law. Orpah returned to her people, but Ruth pleaded with her mother-in-law, Naomi, not to send her away. Ruth decided to live with Naomi. She wanted Naomi’s people to be her people and Naomi’s God, her God. She made it clear that only death will separate them.
When they arrived in Bethlehem, Ruth told her mother-in-law to allow her to go into the harvest fields to pick up stalks of grains left behind by the harvesters. Ruth later found out that the field she worked, belonged to Boaz, a wealthy relative of her father-in-law. Ruth worked very hard. Boaz noticed Ruth, and he treated her kindly. He instructed his workers not to molest but take care of her. Boaz did this because he heard what Ruth did for her mother-in-law.
For any man in Christ is a new creature
Ruth told her mother-in-law all that happened when she got home. She showed her the grains she picked and gave Naomi the leftover food she brought for her. Naomi informed Ruth about Boaz, as one of their relatives and one of their family redeemers. Ruth spent the whole harvest in Boaz’s field.
Naomi wanted Ruth to re-marry and have a husband to provide for her. She told Ruth what to do based on their custom. Ruth went to Boaz in the field, and she followed her mother-in-law’s instructions. Boaz understood why Ruth came to him and promised that he would discuss redeeming her with a closer relative of theirs.
The closer relative did not want to marry Ruth so, Boaz married Ruth. The Lord enabled Ruth to become pregnant and gave birth to a son by the name Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse and the grandfather of King David. Jesus Christ came from the lineage of David.
Bathsheba, David, and Uriah -A tale of adultery
2 Samuel 11
Bathsheba was the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite. She was beautiful. David was in his palace and was walking on the roof of his house in the evening when he noticed a beautiful woman having her bath. After inquiring about her and knowing that her husband had gone to war with the Israelites army, David sent for Bathsheba and slept with her and, Bathsheba became pregnant. She sent a message to David about the pregnancy.
David wanted to conceal the pregnancy and push it on Uriah Bathsheba’s husband. So, he sent for Uriah to come back from the battlefront. Uriah refused to go back to his house and, no matter the scheme played by David, nothing worked. David realized that Uriah would not return home to his wife, David arranged the death of Uriah by sending a letter through Uriah to the military commander Joab to have him killed. After the death of Uriah, David sent for Bathsheba, and she became his wife. She was the mother of Solomon, the king.
Does anyone identify with this situation? Do you feel guilty or condemn yourself? The Lord would have you know that if you come to him, confess to him he is ready to forgive. He will cleanse you, make you new in Christ and adopt you and make you his own.
Mary-The Mother Of Jesus
Joseph was a descendant of King David. Mary was a virgin, and she was engaged to be married to Joseph. God sent an angel to Mary to tell her that she will conceive and give birth to a son who would be called Jesus. Jesus would be called the Son of the Highest and, he would be great. Mary wondered how this would happen because she, of course, was a virgin. The angel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the power of the Highest will overshadow her, and the baby will be holy and will be called the Son of God. Mary believed the angel, and it happened as the angel had said.
You may want to argue that Mary had no “flaws” and you are right. It is not our good “works” that make us the child of God. Romans 3:10 tells us that no one is righteous, no, not one. We all need a savior, who is Christ Jesus and, by coming to him, we become a new creature we break free of our addiction and become adopted as a child of the Highest.
Saved By Grace
Becoming A New Creature In Christ
When you look at Jesus’s genealogy tree, you will quickly realize that they were not perfect people. God used them even though there were liars, deceivers, adulterers, prostitutes, murders, to mention a few. He made them be part of His great plan. God in his divine wisdom, has chosen imperfect people to accomplish His perfect purposes. Some of us can identify with this because God decided to use us, flawed and imperfect as we are, for His glory.
Your heritage is not as important as the legacy you leave behind
I understand that you have done many bad things but, this must not define who you are because a lot of us were once like that however, glory to God, and by His Spirit, we have been changed and transformed and have become a new creature in Christ. It’s possible that you are from a family lineage that is similar to that of Jesus, or you are part of those bad things. You can decide today not to allow your family lineage or what you have done to define your future. You may not have had a say in which family you were born and may not be able to change the family you came from or what had happened to you however, you can decide what legacy you leave for your children and family. Live your life to the glory of God.
God’s Redemptive Work- I am a New Creature in Christ Jesus
It gave God pleasure, and he decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. He wanted to do this and, he did it!
Jesus gives you a new heart and, he gives you a new start when you come to him. God gives you a new beginning, a new purpose in Him. You are saved by grace. Stop looking at the past and start looking ahead. Apostle Paul wrote, in Philippians 3:13-14 that he forgets the things behind and reaches forward to the things ahead and presses on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Jesus wants us to come to him as we are. He said in Matthew 11:28-30 that, come to me all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Jesus wants you to come as you are, confess your sins and ask for his forgiveness. Ask the Lord to come into your heart and make your heart his home. Watch him transform you as you faithfully follow him. Your story will change too from any form of addiction to adoption, becoming a new person in Christ.