2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
How many times have we heard someone say…”Oh, if I could only start all over again!” Maybe some of us have said it, or wished it for ourselves.
Well, God offers a spiritual way to do exactly this. In (V 17) above we are told that if we are in Christ, (obeying Him in baptism), we are a new creation. We can put away all of our past sins, and put on a new person, washed clean by the blood of Christ…(Romans 6:3-5, Ephesians 4:20-24).
Of course this reconciliation is made possible only because Jesus Christ was willing to die in our stead, nailing our sins to that cruel cross, (the ministry of reconciliation) spoken of in (V 18).
Perhaps some of the most wonderful news we could hear is found in (V 19). Here the bible says as God was reuniting us all to Him through Christ, He will not be “counting men’s sins against them.” In fact, this is so important that God says He has committed, (wholeheartedly promised), this to every person who comes to Him through His beloved Son Jesus Christ!
Think of that for a moment. We can be washed clean of our sins and stand sinless in the sight of God. After that, as we do our best to walk with our Lord, any sins we commit afterward will not be counted against us. This is repeated throughout the scriptures such as (1 John 1:7). Here we are told that if we continue to walk in the light…the blood of Christ washes us clean of all sins.
The apostle Paul closes these remarks with the fact that if we are reunited with God through Jesus, we are ambassadors of the Son, appointed to do good works by our faith in His name. We have “become the righteousness of God” because of the work of Christ at the cross on our behalf (V 20).
It is because of our ability to “start our lives” anew in Christ that we thank and praise our loving, spectacular Father in heaven! And, of course we love our Savior Christ Jesus equally so for His display of unconditional love for all of us as well.
If we seek a new life, it can be had through obedience to the gospel of Christ. Put away the things of this world and their attractions. They offer no permanent promise nor hope. Seek the kingdom of God first, above all else, and we can have our heart’s deepest desires…
May the God of compassion bless and guide all who walk in His name!
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