2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Nature often has a way of expressing complex spiritual realities in simple-to-understand terms.
When a seed is planted in the ground and watered, a transformation begins to take place. The seed is no longer a seed. The seed is now a plant, growing from the inside out. The seed dies as this new life springs forth, shedding the old container.
It is a picture of the Christian life. When we say “yes” to following Jesus, we are a new creation. The Holy Spirit moves in and begins a transformation from the inside out. The new self is rooted in Christ and, with God’s help, we begin to grow into maturity—bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Our job is to choose daily to trust the teachings of Jesus and not hinder the work the Holy Spirit is doing in us. Little by little the old self, the seed—also referred to in the Bible as “the flesh” —dies and peels away, revealing the reality of the new creation. It is a lifelong process of transformation that won’t be completed on this side of heaven.
Jesus’ resurrection is a picture of our new life from death. Because of the work of Jesus, now we may be called the righteousness of God even though the expression of that reality is still a work in progress. As His fruit is revealed in our lives, we serve as ambassadors of this glorious gift of new life.
Is there any teaching of Jesus you have been hesitant to trust?
Is there a part of your “old self” that the Holy Spirit wants you to let go of?
How can you be an ambassador today of the gift of new life?
Prayer: God, reveal in me an area where I am hesitant to trust You and allow You to do the work of removing the old to make way for the new. Amen.