“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” Colossians 3:1-10
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2
We were dead, and have been made alive. We were buried, and have been raised. We were emptied of the debt of sin, and filled with the Spirit in Christ. We are new creatures, and always newer, as we grow and are sanctified and until we appear with Jesus in glory. (Colossians 2:10-14)
The reality that I am a new creature makes the way for always new. Without Christ in us, we would have no hope of ongoing conviction, purification, or sanctification, nor of future glory. Without His Spirit, we would have no impetus to renew our minds, or will to do His ordained works. It is He whose life now lives in us, and who compels us to put off and put on, to reconcile with others, to serve wholeheartedly, and to proclaim the gospel. (John 16:8; 2 Corinthians 5:14-20; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:27; 3:12-20)
So living vibrantly in Christ, we are new, and continually renewed. Our faith grows older, but is never old. We see now, but will see even better, and more. The way for each day is steady obedience, one decision at a time. It is paved with stones of truth and remembrance, with promises believed and principles applied. Our fuel is the ongoing filling of the Spirit. The destination is full transformation into the image of God’s glory- a distant but certain hope. (1 Corinthians 13:10,12; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 3:2)
How are we adding new to new? Are there old practices we have yet to eliminate? What habits have become so ingrained we excuse them as our ‘wiring,’ when in fact they need uprooting, putting off, and replacement? Which attitudes, default reactions, or desires need spiritual renewal?
Lord, I offer myself a living sacrifice to be renewed by You. May Your Spirit and love flow afresh in and through me, that Your image be reflected and Your glory magnified.