Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, … that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. -2 Corinthians 5:17-19
The Effects of Christ’s Love (vs. 14-15) in Your Life
1. [vs. 16] You see people differently. You no longer see them as rich or poor, black or white. You see them as lost or saved.
2. [vs. 16] You see Christ differently. (ex.: Paul in Acts 26:9) (vs. 16)
3. [vs. 17] You have a new beginning! (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 4:24) John 3- Born again. You don’t have a past, you’re a new creature…a new start. A newborn person doesn’t have a past, only a present and a future!
[vs. 18] The source of all this? God. Your faith in Christ comes from God. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
[vs. 19] God was reconciling us while we were busy rebelling against Him. He didn’t impute our sins into our account, but He put the righteousness of Christ into our account [vs. 21]!
[vs. 20] We each have a ministry…the need to tell others about this reconciliation!
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” -2 Corinthians 5:17
Jesus is in the transformation business. He is transforming people like me, like you. Someone wisely said, “Nature forms us, sin deforms us, education informs us, penitentiaries reform us, but Jesus transforms us.”
I think of how Jesus transformed Simon Peter from a blustering, big-mouthed, burly, smelly fisherman into the flaming apostle of Pentecost. I think of how He transformed Mary, who was a demon-possessed harlot, to herald in the resurrection.
One afternoon I got on my knees with a grown man in his forties, put my arms around him, and prayed as he gave his heart to Jesus Christ. He got down on his knees a sinner, got up a saved man on his way to heaven. Why? Because Jesus is in the transformation business. The One that turned water into wine is the One that can change radically, dramatically, and eternally any heart that will come to Him.
–from Adrian Rogers’ Daily Treasures: November 3, 2008
“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
“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Creator calls a butterfly.”
A picture I took of a butterfly at Henry Clay’s Home a few weeks ago. I love the little surprises God blesses me with! :o)