My desire is to memorize 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 this week. While looking at the passage, I thought it would be good to dig a little deeper, to break the verse apart. This is a very frequently quoted Scripture, but sometimes I think they are done a disservice when they are given and not though about. Even with verses like John 3:16, we all know that, but it would be great to really meditate on it… Savor it, let it roll around in your mind, and really think. These are my observations and thoughts on this verse.
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
All who are in Christ are new, whoever it may be, regardless of one’s past. What does it mean to be ‘in Christ’? This shows that there’s a union there. We’re in Him. Christ surrounds us, envelopes us… We’re hidden in Him (Col. 3:3 – For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God). This also makes me think of John 10:28-29 where it shows the believer being in the hands of the Lord Jesus then being in the hands of the Father. We’re secure in the Lord Jesus. New creation = as opposed to not being changed. When the believer is saved, they are not who they used to be. I’m not the old Jenn. I’m new… The old man is gone, the new man has come. There’s no need to attempt to old on to ANYTHING from the past. To do so would seemingly be sin and a contradiction of what the Word of God says we are. It makes me think of Psalm (Ps. 66:18 – If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened). Since Christ has saved me, the believer, from sin, why hold on to any part of the old me? This includes attitudes, protective measures (such as in friendships or even any future courtship), everything. It is no excuse to say that this is just the way I am. That may have been true of the past, but is no longer true. God’s Word is true – I am in Christ. I am new.
O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!
Psalms 84:12 ESV