A new creation

Last updated on July 17, 2023

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Whoever believes in Christ becomes a new creation. A change takes place in our thoughts and actions. This is “through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).

The orientation of our lives switches: no longer we live to ourselves, but to Him who died for our sakes and was raised (2 Corinthians 5:15). A follower of Jesus dedicates his/her body to Christ as a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1).

What does that mean? To belong to Christ has practical consequences for the way we live. In Romans 12:9-21 we can find multiple instructions for a life that is pleasing to God. Loving your enemy is one of them. Crucifying your flesh with its passions and lusts is another (Gal. 5:24). Christ has now the full say in your life, even about sex.

Whoever belongs to Christ has to learn how to distinguish the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God (Rom. 12:2).The exact meaning for you personally will be a quest. Your new identity will ask in all that you think and do: What do you want from me, Lord Jesus?

How important is the will of Christ for your life at this moment?

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