Sermon on A New Creature 2 Corinthians 5:17

 "A New Creature: Embracing the Transformation in Christ"

  • ¹⁷ Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  2 Coríntios 5:17

Our faith journey is a remarkable one, marked by transformation and renewal through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we find the profound statement that if anyone is in Christ, they become a new creature.

God’s purpose for humans is not simply that they do right things, his purpose isthat they become actual extensions of His life through a dependent relationshipon Him (Galatians 2:20). This, above all else, is new creation righteousness. Alife that expresses itself in righteous deeds (Eph. 2:10), but the foundation forthose deeds is dependence upon Him (John 15:5; Gal.5:22-23)

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I. "If Anyone Is in Christ, He Is a New Creature" (2 Corinthians 5:17a)

The apostle Paul emphasizes the pivotal role of being in Christ. It is not just about religious affiliation but a profound spiritual transformation that occurs when we have a personal relationship with Jesus. This transformation signifies a new beginning.

God wants you to know:

  • That you are now a child of God (1 John 3:2).
  • That you have been made the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21 and ROM. 10:1-4).
  • That you are now a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  • That you are now God's son and heir (Galatians 4:7).

II. "Old Things Are Passed Away" (2 Corinthians 5:17b; Philippians 3:13-14)

As new creatures, we are no longer bound by the old ways of sin, guilt, and shame. We are called to leave behind our former life and press on toward the high calling in Christ Jesus, as mentioned in Philippians 3:13-14.

  • What matters most in life is what God wants us to be (a “new creature,” a Christian) and not what man wants us to be (Galatians 6:15; see also 5:6; 1 Cor. 7:19 )

III. "Behold, All Things Have Become New" (2 Corinthians 5:17c; Romans 12:2)

In Christ, our minds are renewed, and we are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. This transformation impacts every aspect of our lives, as we are conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 12:2).

  • To the church he now becomes a part of it - Acts 2:47.2.
  • To the world he now seeks to no longer love it - 1 John 2:15-17.
  • A new man in responsibility, as he now serves the Lord - Mt. 6:24.2. 
  • New opportunities - Gal. 6:10

IV. The Concept of Being Born Again (John 3:3)

The phrase "a new creature" reflects the concept of being born again. In John 3:3, Jesus explains the necessity of being born again to see the kingdom of God. This spiritual rebirth is essential for our transformation.

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V. The Meaning of Regeneration (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:10)

Regeneration is the divine work of God in renewing our hearts and minds. It is not based on our works but on God's grace and mercy. This transformation empowers us to walk in good works as mentioned in Ephesians 2:10.

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As new creatures in Christ, we experience a profound transformation that goes beyond mere external changes. It is a change of heart, mind, and spirit. Our old ways are replaced with a desire to conform to the likeness of Christ. This transformation is a testimony to God's grace, love, and redemptive power.

Let us embrace this new identity and live out our faith in a way that reflects the transformation we have experienced. May we walk as new creatures, letting go of the past and pressing forward in the power of Christ. Our lives should proclaim the truth of 2 Corinthians 5:17: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

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