The New Has Come

By the word of the LORD the heavens were
made, and by the breath of his mouth all their
host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a
heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all
the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of
the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and
it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
The creative power of God is undeniably
incomprehensible. Solely with his will and his
word, God called into existence—from nothing—
everything that is. With his voice, God made the
world and its inhabitants. Out of God’s mouth,
therefore, came the heavens, the earth, and
everything in them. God’s creative power is
beyond comprehension.
In his letters, Paul frequently references
creation. Yet, for Paul, the creation that is most
important is new creation. God created each of
us, for sure. Yet God has worked from the
beginning—and is still working—to recreate us
in the image of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote to the
Galatians, “For neither circumcision counts for
anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new
creation” (6:15). In other words, the physical
symbols of our creation count for nothing,
regardless what various religious systems have
said over the millennia. Rather, what counts is
the newness of life that we experience through
faith in Christ. What matters is that we lay our
lives at the cross of Christ so that Christ may
dwell in us, changing us to be like him.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation. The old has passed away; behold, the
new has come. All this is from God” (2 Co. 5:17-
18a).
Yes, Paul. All this is from God, whose
creative power is undeniably incomprehensible.
And it is still at work in the lives of people, to this
very day. -Ricky

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