2 Corinthians 5:17 says,
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
This verse teaches us that if anyone is “in Christ”, he is a new creation, and the old is gone and the new has come.
Let’s break this verse down in its context by answering some questions.
What does it mean to be “in Christ”?
What is the new creation?
What is the old that has gone?
What is the new that is here?
The context of this verse begins in 2 Corinthians 3.
The writer of 2 Corinthians is Paul.
It seems absurd, even heretical, to view the Ten Commandments as something which can put someone into bondage. It seems the commandments, if obeyed by someone, can lead to freedom. But that is the problem. No one can obey the Ten Commandments. We have all sinned and broken the Ten Commandments. The penalty is death. As a matter of fact, the more someone tries to obey the Ten Commandments the more they break them (Romans 5:20, 7:7-25). Paul makes all of this clear in Romans.
In 2 Corinthians 3:6-9, we discover that the ministry of the Ten Commandments is to bring death, condemnation.
if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
God Says You Are A New Creation
One of the most popular verses in Christianity is 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a
new creation.The old has passed
away; behold, the new has come!” In my conversations with people
about this verse, whether those in Christian addiction recovery programs or
those in churches, I have not found one person who understands the meaning of
this verse in context.