I’ve become a new creation, made righteous before God

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (NKJ)

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WAS BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING! So are you. God the Father sent His uniquely-begotten Son to bear our sins in His body on the cross. God Himself was in Christ (v19), reconciling the world to Himself. At the same time He was blessing us, He was assigning the responsibility of being a blessing to others. He reconciled us, then committed to us the ministry of reconciliation. He committed the word of reconciliation to us. One of the purposes of this spiritual Journey, is to give you the tools to fulfill this assignment.

Remember that you are a new creation, a new species of being that never before existed. All things have become new, because you have been born again and are now in Christ (v17). So, if you were shy and unable to share the gospel with others, guess what? Those old things have passed away. And here’s the secret — now that God is in you, it is God who is actually pleading to sinners through you. Through your lips, He is saying, “Come back to Me. Be reconciled to Me. I’m not angry, because I poured out my wrath on the perfect sacrifice. He has totally paid for your sins, so there’s nothing standing between you and Me. Come to Me, all who are burdened, and I will be your rest.”

And here’s the great substitutionary truth of the gospel. Jesus Christ, who knew no sin, became our sin offering, and He has made us right before God. You’re now in right-standing with Almighty God, because you believe the blood of Jesus Christ takes away your sin.

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