Daily Devotional for 25 July 2020 – 2 Corinthians 5v17 part 2

2 Corinthians 5:17

Yesterday we looked at the first part of this verse, “If anyone is in Christ.”  

Next, the verse says, “He (or she) is a new creation.”

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have not become religious, you have become a new person.  Jesus said that to enter the kingdom of God, we must be born again (John 3:3, 5).  We have new life; we were dead but now we are alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:1-5).

The words “new creation” show us that God is undoing the effect of the fall (sin, decay and death), and bringing believers back to what we are meant to be.

Genesis 1:26-27: “God created man in His own image… male and female He created them.”  The image of God in men and women is damaged by sin.  But now we are being “conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29). 

This is not instantaneous, but is a process.  We are gradually, through the work of the Holy Spirit, being changed into the image of His Son.  The important thing is that the work has begun.  You truly are “a new creation.”

When we see Jesus face to face, that work will be completed: “when He appears, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).

Yes, we struggle, we sin, we fail, we get discouraged.  But today, remember who you are in Christ.  You are a new creation, you are alive, and God has begun a work in you and He will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6). 

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