2 Corinthians 5:15–17
15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
In liking one verse we often miss the verse before it and thus the primary lesson of the verse. Thus it is with today’s passage. Bear with me. Jesus died for all and those who live for Him no longer live for themselves but for Him. Because of this, we who have had the blood of Christ applied to us do not know each other in our sinful and fleshly state. You see, the Apostles, after the resurrection, never knew Christ in His earthly flesh again but in a new body. He had died for all and to sin. Because of this anyone who is in Christ is, like Him, a new creation. Since Jesus’ resurrection, all who are in Him know what it means to have the old man pass away and the new man come to live within.
When we gather as believers in Christ we gather in the new life, not in the old. We gather in the Holy Spirit not in the spirit of this life. We gather as new creations, new living bodies, in Christ.
We take verse 17 as a proof text for being a new creature in Christ and it does teach that. But in its context it teaches us that all of us who are in Christ know each other in Him and not in the old men and women that we were. Our fellowship is because of Jesus and His new, resurrected life in us. We don’t enjoy talking about our sinful past. We don’t enjoy talking about the values of this world for our conversations regularly come to Christ and our lives in Him.
Have you known professing believers with whom you have never talked about their new life in Christ? Are they really in Him? For if Jesus is the basis of our new lives together then He should be the center of our conversations and fellowship. We are new creatures together in Him who died for us.
This Sunday I will be speaking from this passage. This devotional was sent in 2014 and is a good thought preparation for Sunday. What a great passage we have to look forward to.
Caleb and Lindsey did arrive in Bangkok, Thailand, safe and sound. They even ran into an airline employee whom Caleb trained to speak English. That was a special encounter for them all.
Tonight is our monthly “Pastor’s Place” for the teens. We have invited them all to come over from 6:00-9:00. Bring outdoor wear if it is not raining.
Sunday morning during the 9:30 hour I am beginning the book, “Crazy Busy” by Kevin DeYoung. After the meetings with the church family in my home I believe this study will be a great help get our lives busy with the right rhythm of life work and kingdom work. I hope we pack out the East room for all who should be interested in this study.
Have a great day in the Lord,