“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
On this New Year’s Eve most people are anticipating the New Year and leaving behind a lot of baggage from 2016 and entering 2017 with a fresh start. We sometimes have a grandiose vision of a “new life” that is far different from what we experienced in 2016.
Let me pose a question about a “new life” that we may have overlooked, forgotten about, or perhaps have never had an opportunity to experience. I am talking about the new life in Christ that the Apostle Paul is speaking about in our verse above.
Look at his words: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature … ” The word “Therefore” requires a backward glance so we get the context. In verses 14-15 he has just told us: “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” Paul has just reminded the Corinthian believers (and us) that since Christ “died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which had died for them …”
God has every right to hold us to a different standard after salvation. And “Why?” you ask? Because “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Our everyday lives should be characterized by what HE wants for us, not by what WE want for us. As we enter this new year, I am not asking for any New Year’s Resolutions, but rather a willingness to allow God’s Holy Spirit to exercise the Life of Christ in us sin such a way that others can SEE Christ in us.
Let’s let this new life that we have in Christ (even though we may have been saved a long time) shine forth so brightly in 2017 that others will want to know, “What happened to you? You act so much different.” These are just my humble thoughts for you and me for this New Year …