When Paul writes, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17), what does he mean by “a new creation?” The word “creation” refers to something that did not exist before. In other words, God did not use anything of the “old” man or woman to make a new person in Christ.
To strengthen this meaning, Paul says “the old has passed away,” meaning that it has “ceased to exist” or “is out of existence.” Both phrases help us understand that when God saves us by grace, it is without any works on our part; entirely what God has made “in Christ” through His work
For those of us who are saved, what does this say about how we now look at ourselves and how we live, speak and act? As I mentioned yesterday, Paul reminds us in several places to “cast off” or “put off the old” and “put on the new” because “you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).
If we really saw the old self as “dead, out of existence,” we would live the ‘new life’ by the Holy Spirit. “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). That phrase “keep in step” simply means to allow the Spirit to conform our lives to His standard. What a difference this will make in our Christian walk. Others will truly see Christ in us!
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