I just love this picture from our last baptism because he looks like someone who just gasped for air for the first time after coming back to life. Such a great visual of the old being gone and the new has begun.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Sometimes one of the hardest things to believe is that we are new creations, especially when we make mistakes or bad decisions. As is often the case, the enemy’s battle is with your mind. If he can get us to to doubt and not believe what Jesus has done in us, then we stop before we even start.
That’s why verses like this are so powerful. Despite how we feel or the mistakes we’ve made, when we remain in Christ, we ARE new creations. That’s the truth. What’s powerful here are the tenses: he IS a new creation, the old HAS passed away and the new HAS come. It’s done, finished. As we remain in Jesus in the present, we can see the full realization of what Jesus has done for us in our lives.
Jesus is not going to remind us of the past, even something you did this morning. The enemy does that. That has passed away. Jesus is going to show you how to remedy a mistake from your present new creation reality, not through your past. He’ll say this who you are. This is how a new creation reacts, speaks, and lives.
I think as we shift from 2015 to 2016 in the next 12 hours and start a new year, this is an amazing promise to take hold of. The past cannot dictate your future. Keep yourself in Christ so that you realize you are a new creation, that the old life, old mistakes, old decisions are gone, the new (heart, perspectives, life) HAS come.