Summary: 2 of ? Paul clarified the significance of being a new creation in Christ to the Corinthian church. But what is significant about being a new creation in Christ? A new creation is significant in its New...
The SIGNIFICANCE Of A NEW CREATION-II—2Corinthians 5:9--6:10
The Old Fire Truck...
A fire started inside the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta. Before long it exploded into flames & an alarm went out to fire departments from miles around.
After fighting the fire for over an hour, the Coca-Cola company CEO runs over to the fire chief & says, "The secret formula is in the vault in the center of the plant. It must be saved! Coca-Cola is done if the secret formula burns up! I’ll give $50,000 to the engine company that protects that vault!"
As soon as the chief heard this, he ordered the firemen to strengthen their attack on the blaze. After 15 more minutes of attacking the fire, president of the company offered $250,000 to the engine company that could protect the secret formula.
From the distance a long siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight. It was a rural volunteer fire company composed entirely of aging men over 65. To everyone's amazement the little fire engine burst through the closed gates & drove straight into the middle of the inferno. In the distance the other firemen watched as the old timers hopped off of their rig & began to fight the fire with an effort that they had never seen before.
After 30 minutes of intense fighting the volunteer company had extinguished the fire & saved the secret formula. Joyous, the Coca-Cola CEO announced that he would double the reward to $500,000 & walked over to personally thank each of the volunteers. After thanking each of the old men individually the CEO asked the group what they intended to do with the reward money.
The fire truck driver looked him right in the eye & said, “Two things will take priority...We’ve got to fix our firetruck, especially that gas pedal that hangs up, & fix its brakes!”
The reward money gave them the opportunity to avoid the previous disaster!
A true Christian receives a new nature.
How will you avoid potential disaster with your new life?
My life seems hollow...I’m missing something.
I can’t seems to rise above the sinful desires of my heart.
The key to our verses is 2Cor. 5:17—“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Paul clarified the significance of being a new creation in Christ to the Corinthian church.
There is significance to being a new creation in Christ.
But what is significant about being a new creation in Christ?
3 significances of being a new creation in Christ.
Last Sunday we found that A new creation is significant in its New...
2—A new creation is significant in its New...
5:10—“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
"Appearance before Christ's tribunal is the privilege of Christians. It is concerned with the assessment of works &, indirectly, of character,”... [it regards]...“reward, not status.”—(Harris in D. Guzik)