2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Our lives are no longer worldly; they are now spiritual. Our “death” is that of the old sin nature which was nailed to the cross with Christ. We did not inherit the new nature, nor did we decide to re-create ourselves anew, nor did God simply clean up our old nature.
The “old” refers to everything that is part of our old nature—natural pride, love of sin, reliance on works, and our former opinions, habits and passions. The new creature looks outwardly toward Christ instead of inwardly toward self. The old things died, nailed to the cross with our sin nature. .
It is time for a totally new beginning, new life, new hope, new strength and a new vision. The old has gone, the new has come. In what does the freshness of the new creation lie.
Our purposes, feelings, desires, and understandings are fresh and different. We see the world differently. The whole face of nature seems to us to be changed, and we seem to be in a new world. The things we once loved, we now detest. The sin we once held onto, we now desire to put away forever.
We now have the choice to let sin reign or to count ourselves, dead to sin; but alive to God in Christ Jesus name. The response of the apostle Paul to this miracle of grace is his cry,
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
We changed and bathed, and then we put on the clean clothes. So too the Christian has once replaced the old man with the new. The old man has been laid aside like a dirty garment, and we will not put him on again.
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”
The Lord said to Peter, “Whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body. But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean. Get your heart cleansed by the blood of Christ and you are clean
God operated in terms of a covenant. It is a treaty between two separate nations, a form of binding agreement which they solemnly ratify. It is a marriage commitment between a man and a woman. Nothing will fail of all that God has promised to do for us. We must never lose sight of the divine covenant. Christians have to learn to see our own security not in terms of our religious emotions, nor in terms of our fluctuating feelings, nor with reference to our varied experiences but in terms of God’s.