Date: October 12, 2014 11:34 PM
Topic: +DEV+ A New Creation
A New Creation
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Scripture Focus: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
A good friend once told me about his family coming to Christ. He was a teenager when it happened; someone shared the gospel with his parents, they believed it, and they began living for Jesus. I'll never forget the way he described the change: "It was as if the world went from black and white to living color." In their home there were new behaviors, new goals, and an entirely new way of seeing the world.
Paul writes that a Christian is "a new creation." The old identity is gone. A hopeless, futile life has been replaced with purpose and fruitfulness. We have, in a sense, new eyes that can see new beauties, such as righteous living and communion with God. We enjoy new things, such as Christ's love. In fact, a believer has an entirely different worldview from an unbeliever. We have a new motivation: Christ's love and not people's approval. We have a new goal: to live for God and not ourselves. Most wonderful of all, we have a new account: the credit of Christ's righteousness and not the debt of our sins.
Insight: How does your worldview, as a christian, differ from an unbeliever's? How has your life changed because of Jesus?
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