"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)
Do you realize that you are a new creation? That is, if you have
accepted Jesus into your heart and made Him your Lord, then you are a new
creation. "...The old has gone, the new is here!"
It truly means you are no longer your old self---the old, fleshy, sinful
person you were previously. You are now a new creation. You have
been born again spiritually. You are a totally new person.
In one of His letters to the Corinth church, the Apostle Paul spoke about
God giving us the ministry of reconciliation. He wanted all the believers
there to know that God had reconciled us to Himself through Christ. In
addition, God was reconciling the entire world to Himself...not
counting people's sins against them.
God gave all believers this ministry---the ministry of
reconciliation. Paul continued on about all believers
being Christ's ambassadors and being committed to the message of
Our Father God no longer sees us as our old or former selves. Neither
should we view ourselves in that way. He sees us, His children, just like
He sees His Son, Jesus.
Pure. Blameless. (Philippians 2:14-16) Holy. (1Peter 1:15-16) Righteous. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Above
Reproach. Perfect. (Matthew 5:48) Complete.
We should also view ourselves the way our Father views us. In light of
what Jesus did for us on the cross. (See Isaiah 53)
To think and/or say otherwise is to say that you don't believe what Jesus
did for you. Or...you don't believe He did enough. Or...perhaps, you
think you have to work for it. Whatever the reason, it is enough.
It was enough. You don't have to work for it. It is finished!
(John 19:30) Believe it!
When we are in Christ, we are new people. We are in Christ, and He is
in us. As one Bible teacher has previously said…We are spiritual beings
living in a body with a soul. We are viewed by God as new
creations. We are new creations. The old has passed away. The
new has come.
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