“The Old Is Gone” (2 Corinthians 5: 17, ESV) by Carley Evans


“The new has come,” writes Paul to the Corinthians. “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciles us to Himself.” (2 Corinthians 5: 18)

Paul declares that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” As a new creation, the old is gone, passed away.

Jesus says that “no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” (Matthew 9: 16 – 17)

When the Holy Spirit enters our lives, we are fundamentally changed. God does not put Himself into an old creature; instead He transforms us so that we are fit temples for His Holy Spirit.

“Do you not know,” writes Paul, “that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” (1 Corinthians 3: 16 – 17)

And, Paul continues, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6: 19 – 20)

Peter writes, “As He who calls you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I Am holy.’ ” (1 Peter 1: 15 – 16)

The new is come! Glorify God in your body, His temple.

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