2 Corinthians 5:17: A new creation in Christ

?The Verse of the Day on January 1, 2014,  the first day of the New Year brings to mind the concept of newness or being made new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

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

In part of the Verse of the Day for yesterday, the last day of the old year, God reminded us, “Behold, I will do a new thing. . .” To do a new thing means to work, to do, to make, to fashion, to improvise, to create, to produce something fresh and original.

Isaiah 42:9 also makes know this truth:

 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Lamentations 3:22-23 speak of newness in relationship to God:

 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not; they are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

The word “new” is translated from the Hebrew word hadas, meaning new in the sense of being fresh, recent—in contrast to the old or former. In Lamentations 3:23 the essence of the word “new” is “renewed”:  God’s creation is renewed or refreshed by His compassion and loving kindness.

In the New Testament, “new” is translated from kainos, meaning that which is “unaccustomed or unused, not ‘new’ in terms of time, or recent but ‘new’ as to form or quality (sometimes translated “fresh”)The word is used to describe “a new creative act—new creation, a new man in II Corinthians 5:17 which is more clearly expressed in the Amplified Bible:

 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

Listen to a musical rendering of 2 Corinthians 5:17:

The Verse of the Day on the first day of the New Year reminds us once more of God’s declaration: “Behold, I make all things new.”

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