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Summary: 7 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...

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The SIGNIFICANCE Of A NEW CREATION-VII—2Corinthians 5:9--6:10

Attention:

Barefoot Gators...

The lady expected the alligators to have/be something they didn’t or actually couldn’t!

God RIGHTLY expects His people to have & be something they cannot have or be, apart from Him! A true Christian receives a new nature.

With that new nature, you can circumvent life’s disappointments!

Need:

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?

10+ significations/signifiers of being a new creation in Christ.

Previously we have found that A new creation is significant in its New...

1. PLEASUREs(5:9)

2. RECEPTION(5:10)

3. PERSUASION(5:11)

4. OPPORTUNITY(5:12)

5. SOUND INSANITY/Risk(5:13)

6. LOVE(5:14-15)

7. CONSIDERATIONS(5:16)

8—A new creation is significant in its New...

NEWNESS(5:17)

Explanation:(5:17)Creation/Creature

5:17—“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

This is the hinge upon which this chapter(& the following) hangs. Our very being has changed in Christ Jesus. Thru Him we have become something/someone other than what/who we were.

Thereby, those things that defined our former life(prior to Christ) “have” vanished/disappeared with the “old” & former. “Behold”—Pay attention!, Take notice!, WooHoo!—Every aspect of our life has become “new”! We thereby approach our world in a “new” fashion, with “new” eyes, energies & drives/motives, attentions, focus, hindrances, etc..

?Has anyone here ever gotten used to doing something a certain way?

You had become so convinced of a course of action that it’s either ‘your way or the highway.’

Change can or is sometimes difficult because of our beliefs...what we’re used to...those things which we have accepted as normative. Our beliefs are deeply personal holdings. They are especially so given that our beliefs are tied to our individually unique life situations. They are interwoven with our personality.

Therefore anything “new”(belief/thought/action) that challenges our long-held belief, we tend to call ‘change for change’s sake’ & resign it to nonsense.

*However the change God brings & seeks to bring, is anything but nonsense!

“Anyone”—ei tiv—Pronoun—1) Whoever, whatever. Strong—If any.

From—ei—a primary particle of conditionality; If, whether, that, etc.—&—tiv—an enclitic indefinite pronoun; Some or any person or object.


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