ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Have you ever wished for a new life? Either because of your present circumstances, your past, or the uncertainty of your future, that you could just wake up tomorrow with a new life. All of today’s problems gone and a brand new future full of promises.
Too good to be true?
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
When Jesus died on the cross and rose again, God promised to send His Spirit to dwell within those who declared Jesus as their Lord and Savior. When the Holy Spirit comes to live inside Believers, they are made into “new creations” made clean spiritually from their sin and their past.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
How can we understand this new creation? John says that the new creation that comes with faith in Jesus is similar to the creation of the world when God took nothing and breathed a new something into the darkness, full of light and life. It is the same for us. Through Jesus, God does not only clean us up, God creates each of our lives new. Our old sins are gone forever and forgotten by God.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
What does our new life look like? The things of the world that used to fill our lives like pride, sin, lusts, gossip, habits, and passions are all gone and replaced with the new person in Jesus.
As new creations, we live our lives for God instead of ourselves. The old things are gone along with our sinful nature.
Paul wanted to remind us of our status as a new creation. While the world around us seems dark, we can take hope and courage, knowing that we stand clean and pure before God.
If we are a new creation, how will we live our lives differently? What old habits can we leave behind now that we have been made new in Jesus? When you understand your status as a new creation, tomorrow is full of promise and hope!
Who do you know that you can share this hope with today?
Heavenly Father, I am a new creation in Christ, old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. In my life lived for You, the light of You will shine for others to see You in me. I am that new creation in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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