New Beginnings: A New Creation in Christ

By John Cortright

2 Corinthians 2:17 – ESV (English Standard Version)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

When thinking of “creation,” one often thinks of the Genesis creation.  Throughout Scripture, God hints at a new creation.  Ps 102:15-18; 104:29-30; Is 65:17

1 Peter 3:5-13
In the future, God is going to create new heavens and a new earth.

Christ is central to this new creation.  He paid the price for man’s redemption.  He is the first fruits – the first to be raised from the dead (1 Co 15:21-23).  He is the firstborn from the dead, the beginning, the firstborn of creation (Col 1:15, 18).  Compare Revelation 1:5 with Revelation 3:14.  Jesus is not the beginning of the Genesis creation.  He is the beginning of the new creation, the church of the first born (He 12:22-24).  Jesus entered into this new life and is seated at the right hand of God (Eph 1:19-23).

When we believe in Jesus, we are sealed with the holy spirit of promise, a pledge of our future inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14).  It is a new creation!  We can choose to live according to this new life in Christ (Ephesians 4:21-24).

Colossians 3:1-4
We have died, and our life is hidden with Christ!  Set our minds above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  We live in the present with a view to the future.

Jesus preached about living for the age to come.  Lu 18:29-30; Lu 14:12-14;
Ma 19:27-28

These verses make sense when you understand the new creation.  Heb 11:13; 12:2; Phi 3:11, 20-21

2 Corinthians 4:13-18; 5:1-17
We are just traveling through this world.  In Christ, we are a new creation!

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