“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)
For several days, I have been thinking about the word, “identity”. Most of us would agree that our identity is found in who God says we are.
The more we know and believe this, the more likely we are to act upon it. Our lives will begin to reflect what we believe about ourselves – that we are new creatures in Christ.
Paul, in writing this, believed being in relationship with Christ should bring about a radical change in a person’s life.
The interesting part I learned from this verse is that it implies several things. We know a person in Christ is a new being. But it also implies that a new situation has come into being (New American Commentary, Vol. 29, page 286).
This brings such hope. Christ changes both people and situations. We are not stuck forever in our current circumstances. Often it is our current circumstances which bring about the changes we need as people. The two work hand in hand for full effect. God looks to change our character as well as our situations.
We must embrace that Christ will bring about change, believing to our core …
- He will open new doors of opportunities for us.
- He will restore relationships.
- He will make us strong for what lies ahead.
- We are more than conquerors through Him.
- He will break addictions.
- We can lead purposeful and successful lives.
May we start believing – living and acting – as the new creation that we are, letting Jesus define us.
Belief —> action.
The old is gone.
A new life has begun!