Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
To understand the new creation, one must understand that it is in fact a creation, something created by God.
John 1:13 tells us this new birth was brought about by the will of God. We did not inherit the new nature, nor did we decide to re-create ourselves anew, nor did God simply clean up our old nature; He created something entirely fresh and unique. The new creation is completely new, brought about from nothing, just as the whole universe was created by God from nothing. Only the Creator could accomplish such a feat.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. – John 1:12-13
With that said, “old things have passed away” too. The “old” refers to everything that is part of our old nature: natural pride, love of sin, reliance on works, our former opinions, habits and passions. Most significantly, what we loved has passed away, especially the supreme love of self and with it self-righteousness, self-promotion, and self-justification. The new creature now looks outwardly toward Christ instead of inwardly toward self. The old things have died, been nailed to the cross with our sin nature.
Praise God for His indescribable gift!
Photo: Nancy Byrne – Daytona Beach/September 2014