8th October 2019

A Brand-New Creation!

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

When we become children of God, the Bible informs us that we frail humans become a brand-new creation; just like a caterpillar becomes a beautiful flying creature that we know as a butterfly. Inside the darkness of its cocoon this tiny crawling insect with lots of legs is totally changed—it develops wings, has a totally new way of imbibing sustenance (sipping nectar from flowers) and it is totally different from the earthbound worm; it soars on gossamer wings! How great is that? Metamorphosis! When this process is complete, the butterfly is a new creature and will never become a caterpillar again. In the same way, we have become new creatures in Christ, and we will never be old sinners again. We must begin to see ourselves as God sees us.

I had a special experience last week. I was soaking up some sunshine in my garden when the Painted Lady butterfly perched on my leg. These little creatures fly all the way from South Africa to get to the UK—that’s 7,000 miles. This beautiful and fragile new creation stayed with me for twenty minutes and boy did I delight in this visit; up close and personal is a great way to experience butterflies! But you know, I asked myself the question; “Could a caterpillar have made that journey?” Emphatically, no! But this brand new creature did.

Perhaps this amazing transformation is something that you have never considered before. It’s really a chalk and cheese situation; a totally new beginning because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross. We may act as if we are old sinners, saved by grace, but that’s not our identity! If we are still crawling around with caterpillars we need to wake up and realise that our old life has gone—it’s time we began to fly, allowing the power of God to sustain us!

Listen! “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31 NLT).

Let’s look up and see ourselves as our Father does; as a totally new creation!

Loving Father, such a blessing to realise that ‘in Christ’ the old person has gone, and we are now brand new!

Study by Cliff Neill

About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: luton@gracecom.church

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