Written by: Dawn Stewart
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old is gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
My journey with God has been a series of awakenings. Awakening to who He is. Awakening to who I am in Him. Awakening to the call He has on my life. Awakening to the power of His Holy Spirit in me.
It’s as though I am on this incredible adventure with Him and am constantly discovering more about my true identity. It’s amazing.
I stand here on the other side of almost seven years of walking in relationship with Jesus – and I know with all my heart that I truly am a new creation. I don’t claim to fully understand it, but the evidence is in the fruit!
My life is nothing like it used to be. My thoughts are different. My words are different. My desires are different. My behaviors are different. The way I live my life is completely different today than it was before I knew Jesus. I am indeed new.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Recently, I took a look at the original word used in 2 Corinthians 5:17 for ‘new’. The original word is kainos, and it means ‘not found exactly like this before’ and ‘begin to be far different from what they were before’.
I can’t deny or minimize this truth. In Christ, I have been made new.
The truth is, the minute I made the decision to call upon Jesus as the Lord and King of my life, I was given the most precious gift from Him – a new heart and a new spirit (see Ezekiel 36:26)!
I was washed clean of every sin, and indwelled with the living Spirit of God – His Holy Spirit. The core of my being was instantly renewed. I died and was made alive – really alive – all in one instant. And yet – I was still me.
So what does that mean? How can I be made new and yet remain the same at exactly the same time?
We get a picture of how we start walking ‘new’ in Romans 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 4:16, and Ephesians 4:23-24 (See below.). These scriptures point to what I believe the key is to walking out the truth of being a new creation.
I am already a new creation, at the core of my being. I have been made new. I am also not yet walking in the fullness of that new creation. My current life is lived in the tension of what has already happened and what hasn’t yet happened.
The key is that as I journey, my mind is continuously being renewed to the truth about who I am in Christ. When former thought patterns surface, I can intentionally make new decisions and take actions which counter the former way of living. The more I do this over time, the more it becomes habitual and eventually etched into the fabric of my character.
I don’t pretend to know it all, or to have all the answers. As I read through scripture and have my mind enlightened to the truth about who I am (and who you are) in Christ, I realize that this life is far less about trying to arrive at a destination and far more about allowing God to remove the layers of false identity in order to reveal my true nature.
I don’t have to strive to become anything. I only have to let God continue to do the work in me that He has already begun.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 ESV
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV
“And to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:23-24 ESV