We Are New Creations in Christ
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Corinthians 3-6
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
When I was a kid, I was really into baseball cards. I would collect them and put them into protective sleeves, and I can still remember the joy and excitement that came with opening a new package of cards to see what was inside. The best part was trading the cards with my friends. We would gather around with our cards and try to come up with trades, each giving up something in order to get what we really wanted. While the details of every trade were different, there was one similarity – in each trade, both parties were giving up something of value. No one would trade a priceless card for a worthless one. This system of trade is common in most things in this world.
The trade that Jesus Christ made for us on the cross was entirely different. He traded something priceless for something worthless. He traded his righteousness for our sins. He gave us eternal life, while bearing the weight of all of our baggage and sinfulness. This was more than just an exchange or a trade – this was a gift.
When we become believers in Christ, we also make a trade. We trade in our old lives for new ones. At conversion, we are not fixed, repaired, or rehabilitated. We are made entirely new creations. Think about that for a second – WE ARE ENTIRELY NEW CREATIONS. All of the old things that we used to be are dead – we are reborn in Christ. What does this mean? Does this mean we should continue to do the things we always did? No. Does it mean we will find pleasure and peace in the things that used to bring us pleasure and peace? No. We are entirely new. When the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us, He changes things around. He does a complete overhaul. All of a sudden, the things we used to enjoy now cause us pain. The shows and movies we used to watch now become unwatchable. The activities we used to engage in now become unacceptable. Some people see this as “rules” or as God limiting us, but that is not the case. We are not changed to try to take anything away from us. The Holy Spirit changes us to help us understand what real pleasure and peace are. We die to our old selves daily not because we are forced to by a set of rules, but because we want to. The Holy Spirit makes us want to. Furthermore, not only does the Holy Spirit convict us into wanting to change our behaviors, He gives us the power to do it.
How have you changed since asking Jesus to come into your life? Can you quantify it? Is it tangible? Do you see huge differences in how you were vs. how you are today? More importantly, do others see differences in how you were vs. how you are today? If the answer is no, then it might be time to reevaluate if you have truly accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life. Are you still living for things outside of Him? Are you a new creation or are you still your old self that has just been fixed a little bit here and there? Die to your old self and your old ways, and be reborn in Christ Jesus. The day of salvation is today. The time is now. Let tomorrow be the first day living as a new creation in Jesus Christ.
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Posted on November 16, 2013, in 08 - 2 Corinthians and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Godly Living, Grace, Jesus, Religion, Salvation, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.