A New Creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17

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2 Corinthians 5:16 – 19

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
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, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
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.
What in tarnation is Paul talkin’ bout here?
Is Paul letting us know he had met Jesus prior to the crucifixion? Prior to His suffering? I think so. If that is the message, it creates additional questions for me.
The verse that gets me in this passage is the popular verse – You know about the new creation.
If Paul knew Jesus prior to His ascension, He states that he does not know Him in that way any longer.
Two things occur to me at this point.
  1. Jesus is glorified, and due to His ascension and glorification, He is no longer simply of the flesh. (Remember – He is our man in heaven – Hebrews 9:24. He is of flesh and bones, currently in heaven pleading for you and I)
  2. Paul has had an attitude adjustment. He is not against the earthly rabbi named Jesus, who was such a thorn in the flesh of the Pharisee’s No no no – Now Paul has the Spirit of God residing in him, teaching him of the character of the servant he despised while He was on earth.



Is the new creation simply another way of saying that my attitude towards Jesus is new? Different than before?

Let’s admit something.

Prior to my conversion, I had a disdain and hatred towards the One who claimed so much. Mostly fear of Him, to be honest, and out of that fear came all the other wicked attitudes and thoughts I carried around with me.

What a sorry existence.

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Upon conversion, I became a new creation!

None of my hair was replaced, nor did I have a blood transfusion. I repented, changed my mind about the Messiah.

He was not someone to ignore, sneer at or fight with.

He is the Lord.

Lord – may I have that attitude daily, walking in the newness of life, enjoying the multi-faceted grace of the Your love and life.

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