II Corinthians 5:16-17 

From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in this way.

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

New Life in Christ

“Regard no one from a human point of view?” We celebrate the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ each year during Advent. Christ became human as we are in the flesh. Paul describes the flesh as “that which opposes God.” Paul’s previous knowledge of Christ was from the outside, a human being. With the death of Christ is the new creation in us, the new covenant is made possible by his death. We should accept this reconciliation brought about by Christ’s acceptance of human reality, including the penalty of sin, which is death.

Well, “What does all this mean?” This means that anyone with Christ in their heart has become a new person because of the new covenant. Our old life is gone and our new life begins.  Our loving, gracious, and merciful God gives us a new beginning with His spirit in our life to guide us. We must look at our life and make the changes necessary to walk with Christ.  For some the change will come easy and others it will be difficult, but trusting in our God, we can do all things.

We live in a difficult world with evil forces coming at us every day.  We cannot expect that any change will be easy or happen overnight.  The spirit of God is with us and will guide us if we let him lead us.  We are capable of walking Christ in the new life the Lord has created for us.

As you reflect on Christmas this year, contemplate how God is working in your life to help you live the new life he has created for you with the new covenant. What a great gift to receive from God.

David Lex

Prayer: Dear God, I thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ and the new creation that I am.  Guide me every day as I continue to walk with you in my life.  AMEN.

 

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