“New Creations” ( 2 Corinthians 5: 17, NIV ) by Carley Evans

“Regard no one from a worldly point of view.” (2 Corinthians 5:16) Our point of view now is a heavenly one. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” We are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. As such, we must not grieve Him by yielding what is new to the old. “We serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” (Romans 7:6) Yet,”[we] are weak in [our] natural selves.” Paul encourages us — rather than “offer the parts of [our] bodies in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.” (Romans 6:19) We should regard ourselves as being “in Christ,” as “new creations”; for this, indeed, is what we are. Paul says, “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18) So much for will power. “What a wretched man am I! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24) The answer is “Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25) Make no mistake — we do not rescue ourselves; we do not power ourselves into eternal life. God makes us “new creations.” We regard ourselves as such; yielding our members to the Holy Spirit who dwells within.

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