2 Corinthians 5:17 — Power of the New Things
This lap-sized quilt is made in the disappearing nine-patch pattern. The prints are from a couple of 4” layer cakes from Amazon. It’s quite a poofy quilt as I used high loft batting. We affectionately call it the marshmallow quilt. It’s quilted with an orange thread in a lattice on a grid pattern, giving the back interest.
The verse for this quilt relies on a specific version:
“Therefore, if anyone is in the Messiah, he is a new creation. Old things have disappeared, and — look! — all things have become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 ISV)
In this passage, Apostle Paul is addressing the believers. He’s explaining to them that our differences –physical, financial, mental– make no difference in Christ. We are all followers of the Messiah. What matters most now is the spirit. The old things, meaning the flesh, don’t apply here anymore. Instead, the new things, the spirit, should be the basis of our ministry.
Apostle Paul goes on to explain that as new creatures in Messiah, we have a duty to reconcile the world to Christ (v. 19). Being reborn ourselves, our goal is to bring others to the forgiveness found in Messiah (v. 20). It’s a daunting task, but we have to remember what we were just taught. We no longer operate based on the old things, or our fleshly characteristics and abilities. We now operate with the new things, that is the power of the Holy Spirit. Before, if a believer wanted someone to convert to Judaism –before Jesus– or Christianity –before Pentecost– they would have to use their own persuasive power. No longer! The new things in us act using power beyond us and reach the hearts of those to which we evangelize and minister.
We don’t have to labor anymore using our own strength. Jesus did mention this, calling the Holy Spirit a helper. As a new creature in Christ, the new things work through us and bring Messiah’s salvation to the world.