7/31/14: The Real Transformer
Second Corinthians 5:17, a very familiar verse to many Christians, says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” We normally see this as a verse discussing the point of our salvation or baptism. We read it to say, “When we come to Christ, we are made new.” But look again. This verse is not only speaking about some point in our past. It says, “If anyone is in Christ.” In other words, as we live in Christ, we are new, present tense. In the same manner in which mercies are new every morning, we too are new moment by moment, as we live in Christ.
Jesus, the God man, lives outside of time; we live in it. What He caused to happen in eternity past, we experience along the timeline of our life span. The original Creator of all things (see John 1:3),Jesushas neither lost that creative ability, nor has He stopped using it. So, when Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “all things have become new,” we must realize that this is speaking of the creative ability of Jesus, the One who originally created everything in the first place.
So when we can’t see our way out of an impossible situation; find our way out of a toxic relationship; or fight our way out of misplaced, entrenched beliefs; we can turn our “dark formless void” (see Genesis 1:2) over to the Creator/Re-creator. Knowing His power, ability, and willingness to help us, how incredibly ridiculous of us to believe even for a second that Jesus cannot still make all things new. As long as the outcome remains consistent with His character, it’s just plain silly to talk about any situation that God can’t completely transform. Worship God today as the transformer.
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