“...if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away;
behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
This verse has always bothered me. I want to change the words to:
“If anyone is in Christ he begins to be better.” Or,
“If anyone is in Christ his behavior is perfect.”
According to this verse, at the moment of salvation something happens.
The old passes away and the new comes. At salvation I looked the same
and I don’t think my behavior changed. The triggers that made me mad were
God told Adam and Eve that if they ate from a certain tree they would surely
die, but they did not die for another 900 or so years. Did God tell the truth?
Yes, because something deep inside of them died, that something called
spirit; no longer could they walk and talk to God in the Garden. That dead
part of them has been passed down through the generations. No amount of
good works, nice thoughts, or successful living can change it. This is why
the law of Moses was fundamentally flawed in terms of salvation. BUT,
when we accept into ourselves what Christ did for us on the cross, that dead
thing comes alive! From this point on, no matter what our behavior,
we ARE a new creation.
What does this have to do with coffee? Plenty! But you will have to wait
until tomorrow’s post.
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