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.
The Story of the Good Samaritan, found in
Luke 10:25-37, is often taught by Pastors and Bible teachers to motivate their
church to “Love your neighbor as yourself” by doing good deeds as the Good
In teaching this, they totally miss the context of the story and
the reason Jesus told the story.
purpose in telling this story was not to get the average church member to do
His purpose was to confront the self-righteousness of an expert in
the law, most likely a Pharisee, who asked him a question.
Spirit of God desires to reveal to you what God has prepared for those who love
this revelation, 1 Corinthians 2:9 says:
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart
has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
revelation that God through his Spirit wants to give you is not something
conceived in the mind or heart of a person...no person could dream, invent,
develop, create, or design what God has prepared for you.
God has prepared is beyond the heart and mind of mankind.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 says:
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames
Several of the common verses pastors use to convince people they can lose their salvation are found in Hebrews 6:4-6.
These verses say,
“It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
Hebrews 12:1 says,
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles."
Hebrews 11 contains a list of Jewish people from the Old Testament who lived by faith.
They are the great cloud of witnesses that “we” (the Jewish-Hebrew people) were surrounded by, serving as an example to them of those who lived by faith.
The reason Hebrews 11 exists, the chapter on faith, was to prove to the Jewish people that living by faith was not a foreign way of life for Jewish people.
An often quoted verse from the Bible is "We walk by faith, not by sight."
This verse is found in 2 Corinthians 5:7.
It is commonly quoted when people are going through difficult times and are suffering as a result.
In these difficulties, they use this verse to declare their dependence upon God, even though they may see problems or be suffering in pain.
By quoting this verse, they are demonstrating their trust in the goodness of God, even though they are in the worst of situations.
Trusting God in the difficulties of life is biblical when we can’t escape the pain or find a solution to the problem.
The writer of the book of Hebrews writes about insulting the Spirit of grace.
Hebrews 10:29 says:
"How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?"
What does it mean to insult the Spirit of grace?
Who insults the Spirit of grace?
To find the answers to these questions, we must understand the book of Hebrews.
Hebrews 10:26-27 says:
“If we willfully keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”
These verses are some of the most taken-out-of-context verses in the Bible.
Most Bible teachers and Pastors teach these verses to mean that if a Christian purposefully continues to live a life of immorality after coming to faith in Jesus then this person is an enemy of God and will be consumed in the raging fire of judgment, therefore losing one's salvation.
The Old Testament (Covenant) is understood by most to be a collection of books (Genesis - Malachi), and the New Testament is understood to be a collection of books (Matthew - Revelation).
However, this is an incorrect understanding.
The Old and New Testaments (Covenant) are not a collection of books but each testament reveals how God relates to people at different times in history.
The OT communicates how God related to Israel under the Law of Moses (Book of the Law, Book of Moses, or Written Code - Exodus 19-Leviticus, Deuteronomy) and the New Covenant is how God relates to everyone who receives his grace through faith in Jesus.