Theme: The New Creation
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; Old things have passed away; behold all things have become new”. Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17
The theme for this week reminds us the following as Christians:-
(1) That it is mandatory for us to part with sinful nature (Adamic nature) and put on new nature (Christ-like nature) with spiritual fruit.
(2) That we are to spiritually assess our Christian lives in line with the issue of regeneration.
(3) That we are to reconcile with God through genuine repentance.
St. Paul, the writer of this Epistle, wrote this letter to express his joy and gratitude to God on behalf of the majority of the Corinthians, having heard the good news about them concerning their positive change through the gospel of repentance preached to them.
Thereafter he appeals to the rebellious minority to emulate the repented majority.
In our focal passage, St. Paul discussed several issues such as:-
(i) Assurance of Resurrection (vs. 1-8)
(ii) The reality of impending judgment (vs 9-11) where everybody will appear, to receive his/her reward accordingly.
(iii) The need to be reconciled to God and be His ambassadors (Vs 12-21)
To buttress the statement made by Paul in chapter 5 verse 17, we need to know what it means to be a new person. It means to be regenerated, to be spiritually re-created. The new creation is a regenerated and a new person. He has a new life inwardly, characterized by a renewed mind that governs all his thinking and attitudes (Rom 12:2; Eph. 4:23-24). He also has a new life outwardly, characterized by loving behavior towards others, hatred of sin and victory over the world’s temptations (Col. 3:10-13; 1 John 4:7, 1 Cor. 5:7-8).
Note that, becoming a new creation is not something man can do. It is entirely the work of the merciful and sovereign God (John 1:13; 3:5 Titus 3:3-7).
Without being a new creation it implies that the sinner remains in his hopeless state and is incapable of experiencing spiritual life. Through new birth, new creation, a person becomes a child of God and enters the kingdom of God. It behoves us to lead our lives as regenerated Christians if truly we are in Christ. It is disheartening and saddening to see whoever calls himself/herself a Christian behaving contrary to what the Bible teaches.
WHAT TO DO IN ORDER TO BE A NEW CREATION
- Confession of our sins
- Repentance of our sins
- Accept the Lordship of Jesus into our lives
- Baptism of the Holy Ghost experience
- Studying the word and putting it into practices.
- Since you became a Christian are there notable positive changes in your lifestyle?
- Have you parted with your old sinful life?
- Can people say you are in Christ indeed and Christ’s ambassador?
- If your answer to these questions is ‘NO’ it means that your Christianity is questionable?
The Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D