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March 18, 2016



2 Corinthians 5:17


Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.





Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection had had another effect besides altering Paul’s viewpoint. Whenever a person experiences conversion, as Paul did, he or she really becomes “a new person. It is not just his or her viewpoint, that should change and can change, but many other things also change. Certain old conditions and relationships no longer exist, and others take their place and continue.

Obviously there is both continuity and discontinuity that takes place at conversion. Paul was not denying the continuity. We still have the same physical features, basic personality, genetic constitution, parents, susceptibility to temptation, sinful environment, etc. These things do not change. Paul was stressing the elements of discontinuity: perspectives, prejudices, misconceptions, enslavements, etc. God adds many new things” at conversion, including: new spiritual life, the Holy Spirit, forgiveness, the righteousness of Christ, as well as new viewpoints.

The Christian is a new creature in this sense: Before conversion, we did not possess the life-giving Holy Spirit, who now lives within us. We had only our sinful human nature. Now we have both our sinful human nature and the indwelling Holy Spirit.


Memory Verse: Proverbs 1:9


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