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?”
Posted on Mon, October 2, 2017
by Joe Flatt filed under