“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
The new life God wants to give us in Christ is as significant, if not more so, as the life He created in the beginning. In order to bring the magnitude of this point home, Paul on several occasions compares what God did in the beginning to what He is now doing in Christ. Earlier in this letter Paul compared the light that God spoke in the beginning to the light He revealed to us through the face of Jesus Christ. Now in the verse above, Paul implies that just as humans were originally made by the word of God, we are now remade by the word of God through His message of reconciliation.
Once we are in Christ, we are a new creation. All of the old things have passed away. This truth is heavier than we might think when we first hear it. Being part of God’s new creation means we must be an active part. By definition we can’t be passive. In Ephesians 2 Paul tells us we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. Another way to interpret this is that we are God’s poem, His artwork.
A good poem or piece of artwork is not passive, but active. It moves us. It causes us to think deeper about life and inspires change. It may not provide the answer we are looking for, but it can certainly lead us to the answer we’re looking for. As God’s poem, His artwork, this is our calling. We are called to bring glory to Him. Knowledge of our own reconciliation to Him should compel us to spread His message to others. It should create a desire in us to see everything and everyone come back to God today and not spend another moment apart from our wonderful Creator.
Join us on Sunday as we open 2 Corinthians 5:12-6:2 for a message titled “This is the Day”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!