A Short Study of 2nd Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
(2nd Corinthians 5:17)
If any person is in Christ, not in religion, in a church, or in moral reformation, but in Christ, by faith in Christ, by a new birth wrought in the soul by the Spirit of God, in Christ through electing love, redeeming grace and a living union, he is a “new creature” (Galatians 6:15).
This new creation describes a creation work, not of man but of God (Ephesians 2:8-10; Colossians 3:10). It is a new nature, a new man and a new principle of grace and holiness, which was not there before and is distinct from the old nature, the old man, with which we are born in the flesh (John 3:5-6; John 1:12-13).
“Old things are passed away” – the old way of life, which loves and serves the flesh, the old legal righteousness and religion, old companions and acquaintances, old desires for riches, honour and human philosophic, and old foolish thoughts of God, self and future glory.
The new man thinks and acts from new principles, new rules, with new goals and objectives and in a new fellowship. He has a new commandment of love, a new name, a new song in his mouth, even praise to God, a new and living way opened by the blood of Christ, and an inheritance in the new heavens and new earth.
In the new creation absolutely nothing of the flesh is needed, used, nor continued.
Our Lord said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
By Henry Mahan