Changes – It’s In The Seed
Believers often look at how much God has “changed” them since they were saved. Many say they are a new “creation” and they base that comment on 2 Corinthians 5:17. Several Bibles use the word “creation” but the King James Bible uses the word “creature” and there is a good reason for that. But I am not going to convince you creature is the correct word, you will convince yourself after you read this post.
We know God created everything, including the sun, stars, trees, animals, flowers and man. And because these all are living, they are called creatures of God’s creation according to Webster’s 1828 dictionary.
So I considered, why did God use the word creature in 2 Cor. 5:17 and not the word creation? What is the difference between a new creation and a new creature? This will be exciting so stick with me a moment. When you use the word creation here in 2 Cor. 5:17 it is like you are saying you are re-created in the same form, the same being. But if you use the word creature, that means a whole knew being.
So I considered, why did God use the word creature? God did not “re-create” believers in the flesh and God did not “re-create” believers spirit man because scripture tells us when we get saved our spirit man is “quickened” or made alive unto God. Our spirit man is not re-created meaning it is not a new creation. And our body and mind are not re-created.
Before we are saved we have a body, a soul (our mind, will and emotions), and a spirit. Our spirit however, is dead unto God because of the sin nature we inherited from Adam and Eve. Once we get saved, we have the same body and our mind is “renewed” and our spirit is “quickened” unto God according to
Ephesians 2:1-2 KJV “And you hath he quickened , who were dead in trespasses and sins;
 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”
So using the word creation would be like saving God re-created us in this body and that, according to scripture, is in error. Now my regular readers know – I am a staunch believer in God having one word, not 54 different versions of his word and that is why I believe the King James Bible is God’s word in English. And the KJV uses the word creature, not creation, for a reason.
So I wondered why did God say creature? 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
So, before you were saved compared to now, after you are saved, are you the same creature? Consider this. Take a tomato seed or corn seed and look at it, study it, hold it in your hand. Now think, when that seed is planted in the ground, it brings forth fruit after its kind. It brings forth a stalk loaded with tomatoes or loaded with corn, right? But you planted only one seed.
You planted one seed but the one seed grew into a stalk and produced several tomatoes or many corn. Are the “offspring” of the tomatoes or of the corn a new creature or a new creation?
Let’s take this a step further. The seed of man is in the sperm of a man. Once the seed has been planted in a woman, a baby begins to grow inside the woman. After about 9 months, a baby is born. Is the baby a creature or creation?
Genesis tells us God created everything and God put seeds inside “things” so they would “replenish themselves” . So tomato seeds replenish tomatoes and corn seeds replenish corn and human seeds replenish humans.
But what about God and believers? Remember, Paul said if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. They are not a new re-creation of themselves but they are a completely new creature. A new being. How do we know? 2 Cor. 5:17 says so, “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
New creatures come from the seed of their creature. It is all in the seeds. For God, we are told the seed is the word of God. Luke 8:11 KJV “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”
For the true born again believer, Jesus explains it this way. Luke 16:16 KJV
” The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.”
A change came. The Old Testament up to John was not about the kingdom of God. That is what Jesus says in Luke 16:16. But since then, the kingdom of God is preached. What is the kingdom of God?
Luke 17:20-21 KJV “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
And when Paul explains the kingdom of God to the Corinthians, Paul tells them the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 KJV
” For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”
So how does one get into this kingdom of God? It is in the seed. Jesus explained it this way –
Luke 8:10-15 KJV. “And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
 They on the rock are they , which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it , and bring forth fruit with patience.”
So the tomatoes growing on a stalk are a creation. The corn is a creation. The baby is a creation. But the believer is a completely new creature. And Paul said to the Colossians, you are dead. The old you is dead.
Colossians 3:1-4 KJV “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
And Paul explains to the churches –
1 Thessalonians 1:5-6 KJV “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:”
So the true born again believer is not a new creation of themselves like a new tomato or corn. But believers are a new creature who is temporarily housed in this earthen vessel (our mortal body) but as the apostle John tells us – 1 John 3:2 KJV “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
Believers are completely new creatures created in Christ from the seed of the word of God. And although Paul likens our new creature to babes in Christ, Paul uses the earthly understanding to teach new creature truths. Just as true water baptism is immersion picturing a dying, burial and resurrection of the believer, a person truly gets saved, they died and are a completely new creature in Christ, created from God’s seed ( the word of God).
So if you use the word, a new creation in 2 Corinthians 5:17 instead of a new creature, you are saying with your mouth, confessing with your tongue that you are a new person created in your family’s image. But if you are a new creature, born from the seed of the word of God, all things have become new and you are a new being created in Christ Jesus.
Until next time.