“Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold new things have come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)
- man (anyone)
- in (fixed position in place, time or state)
- Christ (Messiah)
- new (fresh)
- creature (a creation of God)
- old (having existed for a very long time)
- behold (see)
- things (all things in their totality but also each thing within that totality)
- become (to form; to be made)
- new (to renew and dedicate into a qualitatively new use)
When we finally choose to let go of the old there stands genuine repentance. What choice! And the old is replaced by a newness, a freshness which is regenerative in the mercy and grace of Christ. What comfort! In unpacking some of these words, I was intrigued by the word “in.” Here we see a Greek translation which means fixed, and fixed in place, time and state, reminding us that when we are in Christ, we are permanently His. What promise! But our Salvation is not merely fixed in a physical form, it is fixed for a purpose, for God’s use and for His good purpose.
This verse shows us that it is not enough to merely believe, but to also practice the belief and live out our faith as one who stands ready for the work of the Lord. There is no such thing as stagnation in the spiritual life. If one is not moving forward with God, then he is subject to temptation and evil. Revival begins with salvation, but it is also the daily living IN and FOR our Father. It is regenerative and fresh, leading us as His dear children in the work of reconciliation of His people and restoration of the Kingdom until Heaven and earth meet.
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me a life which is daily new and fresh in your mercy and grace. Thank you for this precious salvation. Make me ready for your good work, Lord, in sharing your truth with others and encouraging the lost to know you as their Lord and Savior. Help me to daily spend time with you, building on your love and truth so that I may not falter, so that I may be an encourager to the brethren, spurring them on to your good work. Keep me free from evil temptation and fill my heart with joy when there are trails so that I may live humbly and be ready to serve you in all my days. -Amen