Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
This article complements the long article on 1 Corinthians 7, titled ‘A Hard Teaching’. There were some things said that need to be seen through the eyes of a new creature in Christ, and received by a heart of flesh. There is also need for every believer to be reminded that there is now no condemnation for them (Rom 8:1), for the things done in their past, because all things are made new in Christ.
We are created new, called to the same covenant by the same Spirit (1 Cor 12:4, 8-9), but we are each different and mustn’t compare ourselves. We each have our own part to play in the Body of Christ, different ministries, diverse gifts (1 Cor 12)…but bearing the same fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22), which is evidence of our connection to the Vine (John 15:4-5; Matt 7:16-20). Jesus said that people will know we are His disciples by our love (John 13:35).
In the Old Covenant, it sufficed that we showed our love for God and others, by doing to others what we would have them do to us…
Read more at https://ufuomaee.blog/new-creature-new-covenant/