2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (NIV) – So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
“When a new world is born, a new way of living goes with it… It is true when a couple have their first baby; a whole new chapter has opened in their lives, and nothing will be the same again. They have new responsibilities; everywhere they go, they see things with new eyes.” [NT Wright, Paul for Everyone: 2 Corinthians]
I understand what NT Wright means when he says that having a baby gives you “new eyes.” As our lives changed in a moment, so our perspectives changed on many things, whether consciously or unconsciously – beginning with our names changing to “mommy” and “daddy.”
After w2 on Sunday, I overheard someone greet someone else, “Hey there, New Creation!” Though silly, it was an “OF COURSE!” moment for me. This IS how we should see one another always, automatically – because this is the truth. Each of us is a new creation, and we together as a community are the new creation of God. God is at work creating among us, through the power of the Holy Spirit – in our families, in our ministries, on our campuses and in our churches.