“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” —2 Cor. 5:17
Have you ever wondered why, if old things are passed away and all things are become new, and you’re supposedly this new creature, it doesn’t seem true? Although I have heard bits and pieces of what it means, I asked the Lord if He could give me an analogy to better understand and explain it. I believe He gave me two… even three.
The first analogy is a clean slate. When we accept Christ as Lord and Savior, it doesn’t matter what we’ve done in the past, all those old things are passed away. There is no sin too great that Christ’s sacrifice doesn’t cover it. It’s like having your slate wiped clean. It’s like having the prison doors opened and getting a new identity— in Christ, without any stigma of who we were or what we did before. All things are become new to us.
Ok, so you might ask, “If I’m a new creature, why do I sometimes still act like the old me?” So the second analogy is a computer. Since my computer knowledge is limited, I asked my son, Chris, to help me with the analogy. When we confess Christ as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9), it’s like he gives us a new operating system, an upgrade. He doesn’t replace the hardware and erase our memory or who we are, He gives us a new operating system, but we retain the same applications and files. Being a MacGirl I know that some system upgrades make some programs and applications obsolete, and they simply won’t work as well or not at all with the new operating system, because it processes things differently. Let me give you another analogy. If you used to be a professional thief before you accepted Christ, you’d still have the capability and talent to steal after you accept Christ, but the way you process opportunities will change. While a part of you might be tempted to steal given the opportunity, your new spirit with new affections and desires processes or thinks about those opportunities differently. And even if you do give into the temptation to steal, it won’t feel quite the same, and eventually, as the Lord gently purges out the old programs and applications, learned behaviors and sinful desires, you’ll discover new ways of using your skills for good instead of evil. You are a new creature, because you have been given the Holy Spirit (1 John 4:13), the upgrade, but some of your other programming still needs to be upgraded as well.
When we accept Christ as Savior, not only do we get a clean slate and a new operating system, but because of God’s amazing grace and love expressed through Christ’s perfect sacrifice, our slates remain forever clean (Hebrews 10:14). Isn’t that great news?