MAR 23 

2 Corinthians 5:17
Memorise 2 Corinthians 5:17
“…Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.”

I must confess – this verse used to bother me. Paul wrote, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”  (2 Corinthians 5:17). I was converted in 1980, but, for many years afterwards, whenever I read this verse, I felt guilty! Frankly, even though I attended church regularly, I did not feel myself “a new creature”! Sometimes I even wondered whether I was truly converted.

But, thank God, I have come more and more to feel that I am a “new creation” (the word “creature” can also mean “creation” in Old English). You would remember that there are two types of “sanctification” –positional sanctification (when we were first converted), and progressive sanctification. So, I was “a new creature” when I came to believe in God, but I was still living life very much in the old ways – that was why I did not “feel” like a “new creature”. But God did not give up on me! The Holy Spirit worked in my heart through the Word of God and I was “progressively sanctified”, and I felt more and more like a child of God. Now, indeed, I can say that the old has passed away; behold, the new has come (and continues to be renewed)!

A born again believer is said to be living in a new world. This is because God “hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:13). Remember that “the kingdom of his dear Son” is also the kingdom of light. The Bible describes it as “marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).Therefore there is a great transformation.

Do you feel like you are God’s new creation? Have you given up- some bad habits? Do you have the love for the same things as your non-Christians friends? – I am sure you can think of plenty of things like watching TV programs and films and reading books which depict worldly passion. Do you have the same “lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life” as them? Slowly but surely, as the new creature in Christ, you will flee from all these worldly and sinful lifestyle.

Thought: Christians are “strangers and pilgrims”. They are no longer
citizens of this world, but are citizens of the Kingdom of God.

Prayer: Lord, You have promised that Your compassions are “new every
morning”. So help me to be more and more a new creation day by day