2 Corinthians 5:17 

I rejoice over the staggering truth that our Father “gave to us the Spirit as a pledge” of more gracious gifts to come (2 Corinthians 5:4). The rest of chapter 5 describes the logical outcome of God’s granting the Holy Spirit to believers.

These outcomes are outlined by means of six “therefore” statements:

1. we are of good courage v 6

2. we desire to please God v 9

3. we speak to others about God v 11

4. we exercise spiritual discernment v 16

5. we live new lives v17

6. we aggressively represent Christ v 18.

This larger context makes our memory verse even more significant. Therefore, if any man is in Christ, (that is, he has received the Spirit) he (by definition) is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Newness is a foundational plank of Christianity. Change is assumed! This is how God pictures believers.

 So, I must ask myself an obvious question – “Are these outcomes evident in my everyday life?”