Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
(2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
This verse describes the transformation that has taken place inside a person if they are truly in Christ, the old propensities and inward iniquities have given way to the mind and nature of Christ.
Earlier in the same passage, Paul reminds us that although we knew Christ according to the flesh, now we no longer know Him in this way. How He was known and made known is not the same way is He makes Himself known now, according to the flesh or solely based on what we see. In the same way, we should not recognize other believers according to the flesh. We should not be those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart
(2 Corinthians 5:12 ESV).
It is meaningful to understand the old things that have passed away are the ancient, archaic mindsets behaviors that were not pleasing to Christ. What has come or risen in new life with Him, is a life whose aim, and purpose is to live fully, unashamedly, and completely in submission to the will of the Father. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee (2 Corinthians 5:5 ESV).
Christians, as we begin a new year and start making our goals and possibly resolutions, let us remember, we have been made new. We no longer have sin attributed to us. We are seen by our heart, which reflects the heart of Christ. Let us purpose to see others in the same way. Let us joyfully proclaim this good news and see others receive the freedom to be unshackled from their debt of sin. Happy New Year!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for preparing me for purpose and giving the Spirit as a pledge. I do not deserve Your mercy and I thank You, all the more, for all You have done and continue to do on the behalf of Your children. In Jesus’ name, amen