2 Corinthians 5:17
Galatians 2:20
“Therefore if any man be in
Christ, he is a new creature …”
2 Corinthians 5:17 describes the nature of one who is a true Christian. A genuine Christian is one who is “in Christ.” He has repented of his sin and trusted in Christ as his Lord and Saviour. He is now united to Christ and belongs to His body (1 Cor 12:27).
Paul further described the Christian as one who is a “new creature.” The term “new” points to how a Christian has a different nature from the past. On the other hand, the term “creature” describes how God has created life in the believer.
Before a man believes in Christ, he is spiritually dead in trespasses and sins. His thoughts are opposed to God. His works are like filthy rags before the Lord (Isa 64:6). He lusts for the things of the world: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17). Had his sins not been cleansed, what awaits is eternal condemnation in the Lake of Fire. That is what the Bible describes as the “second death” (Rev 20:14).
However, now that the believer is saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, he is no more like the old self, but is a “new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph 4:24). This new life that he has in Christ is not a life that will serve sin, but one that will serve righteousness and holiness (Rom 6). The “old things,” that is, his ungodly ways of sin and wickedness, are now passed away. His life is now realigned with the pursuit of holiness and godliness. He lives now for the glory of God and not for self. What a radical transformation in his life. He will now say with Paul, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20).
THOUGHT: What does it mean to have new life in Christ?
PRAYER: Help me to live for Jesus every day, Father.