2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”
This single verse, penned centuries ago by the Apostle Paul, remains one of the most powerful biblical truths in all of God-inspired scripture. It serves as a “default setting” for so many who often wrestle with personal value, purpose, meaning, regret, shame, anxiety, depression, and the like. All of these struggles relate in some way to the theme of “true identity.” Misunderstanding of such issues in relation to one's identity in Christ alone leaves many destitute in their faith, confused about who they have become through Christ’s mark on their lives. This scripture is definitive in its proclamation that we are, indeed, made new once we are in Christ, not meaning that we are made instantly perfect, but instead that God begins His work in us (Philippians 1:6), and our desire to live a holy life begins to become a reality. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away.”
In Christ, we begin to experience freedom in our relationship with God, as “old things pass away; and behold all things have become new.” Regardless of who we perceived we were before we came to know Christ as our Savior, or even if we’ve known Him for many years, yet our distorted views of the biblical realities of our position in Him have caused us to be disoriented spiritually. We have an opportunity with the dawning of a New Year to walk as “New Creations.” Jesus Christ came to us and has indeed set us free to find true rest and our soul's identity in Him alone.
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You that in Christ Jesus, Your Son, we have been redeemed and made new. You have begun a new work in each one of us which You promise to complete until Jesus returns or until You call us to our heavenly home. May the supernatural work of Your Holy Spirit within us continue to make us into new creations day by day as we desire to walk more closely with You. This new year, may we walk in our true identity as Your beloved children, unconditionally loved, forgiven, redeemed, and being daily filled with the strength of Your grace to continue this faith journey. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.