If you've been a believer for a while, you probably know that "if anyone is in Christ, he (she) is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17)
In other words, when we accept Christ into our lives as our Savior, we are a new creature (created by God). But what exactly is "old", and what does it mean to be "new" if we are still "us"?
The Greek word for "old" in this usage is archaios meaning something that has been from the beginning; original. "New" from the Greek is kainos and means recently made, unused, unworn, something that was previously non-existent and is now something far different from what was before.
Ellicott's Commentary says that the old things of life - expectations, "heathen philosophies," and "earthly standards" have passed away. According to MacLaren's Expositions, this means that we now have a new goal and center (focus) for our lives. We live not for ourselves but for Christ.
Do you feel new? I'll admit, my answer is sometimes a resounding "NO!" But just as I had to choose to make Jesus Lord of my life, I need to choose the new that He offers me.
My old was short-tempered, opinionated to a fault, and judgmental. My new, as I choose to conform my life to Christ's, works at demonstrating the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22), especially patience, kindness, and self-control. That's just a shortlist of my changes.
🔎 This week I encourage you to use some quiet time to reflect on what your "old" looks like. Write those characteristics in your journal - draw if it helps. Then identify what Christ is doing in you as a new creation. Write those characteristics - draw what it means to you - then spend some time this week pondering your new nature (Philippians 4:8).
Have fun with it - and embrace the new you!