A New Creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17

2 co 5 17

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.

attitude

Soooooo.

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.

blood transfusion

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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2 thoughts on “A New Creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17

  1. Amen! Jesus never promised new flesh in this life. He didn’t promise a removal from temptation. I think of John 17:15

    ”I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.”

    Jesus promised a new heart! Like you said, a new attitude towards Him and the truth. I remember when I was still in the world. I would do just about anything to ignore any kind of conviction. Thankfully I had the prayers of my mother.

    God used my wife to do the final work of converting me. I had started reading the Bible a couple months prior to meeting Rachel, but I still had a lot against me. My friends and the environment I was in was not good for making any sort of change. Then I met my wife. She had come out of the party life and given up drugs and alcohol. About a year before she met me, she had completely given get heart to God. God used her influence to break me free, and now I have this beautiful life with two beautiful daughters.

    When I look back, I see that I was so miserable. It’s amazing how satan can blind us to that and make us think we are having fun. Oh, how much better is the life that God offers us!

    I’ll finish my thoughts with one of my favourite promises

    ”A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

    Ezekiel 36:26

    God Bless

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