2nd Cor. 5:
14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;
15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16 ¶ Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
These are powerful passages. All the more so when we realize they were not written to unbelievers, but believers. Verses 16-17 emphasize that we find our lives in Christ, the new creation. When verse 17 says that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the words “he is” are in italics, indicating they are not part of the original Greek. A more accurate rendering is, “If anyone is in Christ, a new creation.” Christ is the new creation and we enter into Him. Old things pass away and new things come IN HIM; all things are not made new in separate entities apart from Him. This is very important. In spite of what Christ accomplished on the cross for us, the majority of Christianity still relates to God as separate from us. He is in heaven and we are on earth. There is a separation. As long as we relate to God as separate from us, we can never know the full extent of His provision for us. We are limited in what God wants to be in us and to us. Continue reading