17 Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Footnotes: 1 2 Corinthians 5:17 Or creature
16-21 This means that our knowledge of men can no longer be based on their outward lives (indeed, even though we knew Christ as a man we do not know him like that any longer). For if a man is in Christ he becomes a new person altogether—the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new. All this is God’s doing, for he has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ; and he has made us agents of the reconciliation. God was in Christ personally reconciling the world to himself—not counting their sins against them—and has commissioned us with the message of reconciliation. We are now Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were appealing direct to you through us. As his personal representatives we say, “Make your peace with God.” For God caused Christ, who himself knew nothing of sin, actually to be sin for our sakes, so that in Christ we might be made good with the goodness of God.
16-20 Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Footnotes: 1 2 Corinthians 5:17 Or there is a new creation
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Footnotes: 1 2 Corinthians 5:17 Or Christ, that person is a new creation.
17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!