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).
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;
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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