“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
This is one of the core verses of the Bible every Christian should not only know but hold in their heart. It speaks to the core of our new life in Christ. When we accept Christ (salvation) we have a heart change. Our old life in terms of how we live is dead. The spirit of Adam (sinful nature) we were born with has died, and the spirit of Christ now resides in us.
That new life of Christ is the beginning of our eternal walk with the Lord. We aren’t waiting for the day we die to live an eternal life, we are living our eternal life now through Christ! Our transformation as a new creation starts as we begin to die to our old selfish life and begin a new life focused on living this new eternal life with Christ at the center. We develop a new lens in how we view things. The temporal things of the world become less and less relevant. The pressures of the world don’t go away, but with an eternal lens, our view and response to those pressures change, because through Christ, He carries our burdens. An eternal lens casts a light on the short-term perspective of our problems. An eternal lens awakens us to the fact that we are not defined by our problems, our rejection, our struggles, our work, our finances, or the world’s attempts to say we are not good enough. An eternal lens changes our perspective of time because God doesn’t wear a watch. An eternal lens gives us an x-ray like vision into the inner beauty of everyone around us that we likely have never seen before. An eternal lens sharpens our focus on the character of Christ, the work on the cross, and God’s true purpose for our lives. It all starts with grace. When we bring God’s grace down from our head to our heart, we can begin the process of bringing heaven to earth. This is our new creation in Christ Jesus!
Here Now is a powerful song by Hillsong United that speaks to the transforming power of God’s grace. Listen to the words. I hope it speaks to you: