Our main verse from Sunday, 2 Corinthians 5:17, is a very interesting passage to try and translate from its original Greek into English, because the original is so abrupt. The first part of the verse literally says, “if anyone is in Christ, a new creation.”
By stating things in such a direct way, Paul is underlining that the New Creation is really here: no qualifications, no apologies.
It’s like if I said to my son, “When you’re done your school work, playtime.”
By using as few words as possible, all the focus is put on the arrival of that one, wonderful thing. It’s almost as if Paul is wanting to shock us into seeing how real and how dramatic this really is.
The New Creation is really here, and we’re really a part of it. May God grant us the faith to see and believe this today!