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The New You | 2 Corinthians 5:17-19

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Sue

2 Corinthians 5:17-19

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Thoughts:

When we believe in and accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we become a new creation, one that has never existed before. We aren’t just cleaned up a little, with a fresh new look, but still holding on to the same old habits and attitudes. God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us when we are saved. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of creation and life, creates within us a new life. Just as it states in Psalm 104:30, “Thou sendest forth Thy Spirit, they are created.” We who were dead in our sins have a new life through the power of the Holy Spirit and by the gift of God in the death, burial, and resurrection of His precious Son Jesus.

We no longer live for ourselves and our own worldly desires, but we live for Christ, seeking to do the will of the Father and to honor and glorify Him in all things. Now that we are new creations in Christ, there is a change in our thoughts and actions. No longer are we self-centered and self-absorbed, continuing in our old habits and sins. Our personal opinions, carnal passions, and self-reliance give way to a desire to live in a manner pleasing and bringing glory to, our Heavenly Father. Our feelings, opinions, and purposes are all new, filled with a love of God and all things holy. The things we once loved, and the sin we wallowed in, we now hate. We have “put off the old man” (Col. 3:9) and put on the “new man” which was created in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 4:17-24)

As a child of God still living in a human body in a fallen world, we continue to struggle with doubt and sin. But as we mature through the process of sanctification, we realize that through the power given to us by the Spirit of God within us, we are no longer slaves to sin, but can count ourselves “dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Heb. 6:11-12). As new creations, we no longer have to allow sin to reign in our bodies, nor obey the lusts of that sin. Our old sinful nature was nailed to the cross with Jesus; it was buried with Him. And just as He was raised up by God, so too we are raised up from the death of our old selves to walk in “newness of life” (Heb. 6:4), as new creations filled with the Holy Spirit and walking in the love of the Father.

Grace and blessings on your path,

Sue

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