In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul writes, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.” In the English translation, you miss the force of the original Greek. This phrase literally reads, “If anyone is in Christ, new creation!” There is no verb; it’s just a noun and an adjective, and it is written as if it’s a loud proclamation. “New Creation!” You can sense a feeling of awe even in Paul’s simple phrasing.
Every time we help someone walk across the line of faith, we get a front-row seat to watch an astonishing act of creation. But unlike the acts of creation detailed in the Book of Genesis, this creation happens in the heart, unseen by human eyes. But it’s just as miraculous nonetheless. Then, because of the radical change in the heart we begin to see changes in the outward life of the person who has just become a disciple of the Lord Jesus. This is inevitable as a person begin the journey of discipleship and follows Jesus.
And we are permitted by our loving God to be involved in this work of telling others about Him so that they can become “new creation.” That’s why evangelism is not just a responsibility for true believers but it is also a privilege. It is not just a ‘have to’ it is a ‘get to.’ I mean, can you believe that God in His gracious compassion, given all that we have put Him through because of our sins, turns around and allows us to participate in His effort to reclaim human lives? It’s a stupendous act of grace. Who are we, creatures deserving God’s full wrath because of our wickedness, to deserve such a privilege? It’s astonishing to consider. The God of the universe not only refuses to count our sin against us, but also picks us up, brushes us off, looks us in the eye, and tells us that He needs us to work with Him to rescue others.
We’re needed? What an honour!
Two Sundays back while ministering in Ohio I prophesied over a young man – a skeptic and non-believer. It was a Word from God the Father’s heart for him personally. It did not chastise him or rebuke him. It simply let Him know God’s heart towards Him and how much God cared. Later that day, while ministering in the evening in a second city, we received a text message that this young man had just repented and was born again – a direct result of God speaking to him prophetically and personally… We rejoiced and joined the on-going party in Heaven over one lost sinner saved. I continue to pray for this “New Creation!”
It doesn’t get any better than this….