2 Corinthians 5:17(ESVUK)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
I told a story last Sunday about St Augustine who in his life before his encounter with Jesus led a very promiscuous life style.
One day as he was out walking a former girlfriend saw him and called out, ‘Augstine, Augustine, it is I’, the story goes that as Augustine kept walking he responded, ‘but it is not I.’
The truth that Augustine understood was that when he came to believe in Jesus he was no longer what he was, he had become a new creation. This new creation didn’t involve a process it happened with immediate effect when Jesus become his Lord. Paul use of this word creation, takes us right back to the creation event. ‘In the beginning the world was formless and empty, and darkness covered the dark waters.’ (NLT) But into this darkness God spoke and said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.
This same creative power is at work in us. God steps into our darkness, our primeval chaos and he brings light. God is at work for us, he is on our side. It is God who calls, it is God who does the new work in us that brings us into light. And that light is the knowledge of the glory of God. That light is ur knowledge of the Lordship the Kingship the divinity of Jesus. That light is the knowledge that through the grace of God and his salvation work through Jesus on the Cross we are saved, and what we were we no longer are. We have crossed from death into life.
This is the work of regeneration it is the root from what our Christian life grows, the work is completed we are saved, the process has begun we are becoming the people God intends us to be. Often referred to as being sanctified, we are set apart for God’s service and we are learning obedience.
We focus on this process, this desire to be better and better, and trying to be better and better is exhausting. We are aware of our sinfulness (because we have been made new), we get discouraged when we see others who seem to be doing so much better than us.
It’s at those moments we need to remind ourselves we have been made new, the old has passed. The wok has been done and the work is continuing.
Because are are new creations, because the old has passed away, we need to live like it. We need evidence in our life that who are is not who we were, but we also need to believe it. We have been made new, our past no longer defines who we are.
2 Corinthians 4:6 (ESVUK)
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness”, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
God has spoke light into your life, now let that light shine