SO, WHAT’S NEW WITH YOU?
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Paul, writing in, 2 Corinthians 5:17 esvbible.org
It’s a common question of greeting.
The followers of Jesus can always answer with: “I am!”
The context for Paul’s statement is the contrast between our old life and our new life in Christ (V 6), along with the caution that we will all appear before the judgment seat of Christ (v 10).
In addition, we are all privileged to enjoy the ministry of reconciliation (v 18), because we have all been made ambassadors for Christ (v 20).
The wondrous truth making all of these things possible is that we are really made new, new creations.
We have been moved from condemnation to salvation.
We have been moved from guilt to forgiveness.
We have been moved from selfishness to servanthood.
We have been moved from uncertainty to assurance.
We have been moved from wandering to witnessing.
So, how does all of this happen, according to our text?
1. We are now in Christ.
At the moment we repent of our sin, and confess our sin, we receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, by grace alone, through faith alone, in Him alone, and the Holy Spirit indwells us.
“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”
Being in Christ means new life, in fact, real life, eternal life.
“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
(1 Corinthians 15:22)
2. We are a new creation.
The reality is this, that until we become followers of Jesus we are all spiritually dead.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — “ (Ephesians 2:4–5)
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13)
This new creation has eternal value. Who we are now, a new creation, will live in eternity in the glorious presence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, in magnificent splendor and never ending joy.
3. We are now converted.
The old has passed away, and we have become something, and someone, entirely new.
We are no longer what we once were: unforgiven, condemned, lost and dead in our sin.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
4. We are now changed.
The new has come, and this is what we are now. We have been changed.
“This is the ringing declaration of the risen Lord Jesus, recorded for us and placed very close to the end of the Bible:
“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” (Revelation 21:5)
This is what we are called to do:
“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
So, if you’re a follower of Jesus, the next time you’re asked, “What’s new?” you can certainly say, in truth: “I am!”
Your answer might open a very important conversation.
Soli Deo gloria!