New Creation (2 Corinthians 5:16-17), All Things are Created New in Christ ...
Good morning, my brothers and sisters in Christ. I finished my first semester at Bushnell University and completed my last final early this morning. What a way to end my first semester with a reading from 2 Corinthians 5:16- 17 and explain the journey the Lord has chosen and put me on.
THE NEW CREATION: 2 Corinthians 5:16-17
"Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
St. Paul never knew the historical Jesus, but some scholars suggest that Paul could have been present and witnessed Jesus crucified on the cross. Jesus voluntarily took on human morality when He lived here on earth and was known according to the flesh (v. 16). Nodoby knows Jesus in the way of flesh after His Ascension into Heaven; his mortal flesh was transformed into an immortal body. When we come to Christ, our old bodies are then transformed into a new creation in Christ (v. 17). All things were created through Christ, Who is God, and Christ will change and also reunite all things, material as well as spiritual, and this is all done through Christ.
My journey in Christ has been remarkable, and all things are created new through Christ. I'm a walking example of the greatness of God and what He has blessed my family and me with. My journey began with accepting God's calling, my confession, and receiving God's forgiveness and mercy. Ask God daily for His mercy, and here are some things I would love to share that could help someone out there to grow closer to God.
Discipline: Discipline yourselves to serve God, pray and read and study the scriptures, and discipline yourselves to almsgiving and do all good deeds with a pure heart and never have any motives or agendas attached to your good deeds. I would suggest you never pat yourself on the back, even privately.
Obedience: Obedience comes after discipline, and obedience is the process where you are obedient to God, His teachings, and His ways and respectful to all you serve in the name of Christ.
Self-denial / Selfless- Service: Putting the needs of others before your own. Jesus said He did not come to be served but to serve others. We should also serve in this manner by imitating Jesus.
Struggle: Without struggle, there is no deification, meaning we can't draw closer to God if we do not have struggle. Do not be afraid to struggle. It's part of our faith, and struggle makes us stronger.
In Christ, Love Jared W. Campbell