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A new creation

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:16-19

Christians should realize that worthy of God’s calling mean serving Him. Not only to have a different perspective about others but also a different view of oneself. They have a new position which is “in Christ.” Christ bursts into the soul, bringing forgiveness, cleansing, peace, a whole new perspective and dimension. It is "eternal life" for it looks forward to His coming; “old things passed away, new things have come.” There’s new hope, new attitudes, new feelings, new direction and new destiny. In Christ, a Christian is a new creation. A Christian must view his past differently and should not hang on to the past. The Spirit of God can only fill a Christian to usefulness now and in the future if he let go of his old self. We cannot continue to be tied from our sinful past. Guilt will prevent us to serve God. On the cross, Jesus forgave us. When sin was forgiven, guilt is taken away. Some Christians continue to look back to the past of their good experiences when their present life with Christ becomes difficult. They think that the former life was better. The Israelites, after God brought them out of Egypt and started to face difficulties while in the wilderness, many times they complained and wanted to get back to the “good ole days.” We must be free from the past in order to be used in the present and in order to face our lives towards future service for God. Paul mentioned several things that are part of the old self. Included are the old motives (2 Corinthians 5:14); life of selfishness (2 Corinthians 5:15); the old perception of looking at people (2 Corinthians 5:16); the old way of a life of isolation and alienation (2 Corinthians 5:18); and a life of meaninglessness and purposelessness (2 Corinthians 5:19). Instead, Christians are called upon to face their new life that includes new responsibility. “And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).


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