“A New Creature” ( 2 Corinthians 5: 17, KJV ) by Carley Evans

15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

16Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”

Seems apparent Christ “dies for all”, “reconciling the whole world unto Himself”. He reconciles the entire world to Himself as “God in Christ.”

Some believe these verses – and others – teach that the whole world is eventually saved from sin by the power of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross.

So, assuming for a moment this reading of these verses is correct, what of the Christian? God makes the Christian a new creature; nothing of the old world exists in the Christian, who no longer lives for self, but for He who saves. The Christian stands as an ambassador for Jesus Christ while continuing to live among the world’s peoples. Paul declares that we Christians exist “in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom [we] shine as lights in the world, holding forth the Word of Life.” (Philippians 2:15-16)

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