Paul writes, “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) This is a remarkable statement of our wonderful standing in Christ. You and I are made brand new. But do we always feel that way? Of course not. We are also growing daily as loyal disciples. When we follow Jesus, we are not just turning a new page but becoming brand-new people inside, which changes our outward conduct. We become a light to the world. Our new lives in Christ and this promise of a new life in Christ to all who believe is a beacon of hope and renewal. (John 1:11-12) 

Can people see the change and renewal in us? Do they see the light in us? The gift of the Holy Spirit gives us the power to walk in this new life. We are born again and are never to be the same. We are being transformed into something new, not reformed, rehabilitated, or re-educated—we are re-created (new creations), now living in a holy union with Christ through the Spirit. “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7) At conversion, we do not merely turn over a new leaf; we begin a new life under a new Master.

While this newness is true individually, Paul reveals something more profound. Not only have believers changed from within, but we gain a whole new way of living as we follow Jesus Christ. There is a new covenant, a new perspective, a new body, and a new church. All of creation is being renewed. This change is not a superficial change that another novelty will quickly supersede. We are to be loyal to God and Him alone. This is an entirely new life under Christ’s authority, a truth that demands our repentance, reverence, and respect. It requires a new way of looking at all people and all of creation. Do our lives reflect this new perspective?