“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – II Corinthians 5:17
I'm so glad this verse doesn't say, "If anyone is in Christ, he has been much improved."
Jesus didn’t make me a better version of myself. He didn't renovate me, update me, or fix me. Christianity isn't about improvement. It's about newness.
The Gospel of Jesus makes me new.
I need to be all new. My sin is worse than I think it is. It can't just be tweaked or fine-tuned. It must be completely replaced, which means I must die.
That seems like bad news — and it is! — except for the unbelievably true best news: Jesus died for my sin and offers me His resurrection life. New.
"Behold," Paul writes to the first-century church at Corinth — and to the Church in 2017. He's telling believers to look and keep looking at this Good News: We are new in Jesus!
Happy New Year!