New Creation

2 Corinthians 5:17 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

            When we are adopted into the family of God, we are made into a new creation. This doesn’t mean that anything inherently changes outwardly when becoming a Christian, but rather, it means that our identity is made into something new. Like an orphan becoming an adopted child, or like a single bachelor getting married, there is a change of identity through a new found relationship. In the case of the Christian, the reconciliation between a believer and God the Father through Christ the Son leads to a transformation of identity. This conversion leads to transformation of perspective.

            Since we have received this new identity through our relationship with the Father through Christ, we are called to view the world through a new perspective. We are called to look with the perspective of hope. We are ambassadors for Christ to spread the hope that we find only through the redemptive work of Christ. We are ambassadors to a broken world to proclaim that Christ was made to be sin so that we might become the righteousness of God.

            The ministry of reconciliation is paramount in the life of believers. We must not ever forget that we have been reconciled to God the Father through Christ, because it is through this reconciliation that we find our eternal identity. We are now called to spread this same message of reconciliation to the world. It is a natural reaction to spread the good news of reconciliation because we have received it as a free gift, and that same gift is offered to anyone interested in receiving.

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