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“A Green and White Plate!” 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21 Key verse(s): 17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!.”

“London businessman Lindsay Clegg told the story of a warehouse property he was selling. The building had been empty for months and needed repairs. Vandals had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and strewn trash around the interior. As he showed a prospective buyer the property, Clegg took pains to say that he would replace the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, and clean out the garbage.‘Forget about the repairs,’ the buyer said. ‘When I buy this place, I’m going to build something completely different. I don’t want the building; I want the site.’”

(Ian L. Wilson.)

When we received the Holy Spirit through baptism into Jesus Christ, we became something more than just a repair site, we became a new creation in spirit. We are a totally new model, not just a reissue with some new paint. And, because we are really “new,” we stand out from the old. We just can’t help it. I like to think of it as this; amid a sea of orange and black plates, we suddenly spy a green and white one, a really new issue for the year. Now, that stands out!

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