2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Second Corinthians 5:17 tells us as new creations in Christ, “… old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Knowledge of what the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus accomplished are both needed. Romans 12:2 adds that change or radical transformation happens by the renewing of our mind with the Word of God. In the renewing of our mind, we have to know or gain knowledge of these two things:
- The old things that have passed away.
- All the things that have become new.
Mind renewal starts here.
What is in front of our life going forward? Is it a health problem, financial problem, flesh problem, sin problem, emotional problem, or mental problem? Many try to go forward with their new life but only try to add new things to their life. It’s like a baby’s mother trying to put a new diaper over a dirty diaper and expecting everything to smell good. The odor of the old diaper keeps coming to the surface. We have to know what passed away through the power of Jesus’ Cross. We have to go back to the Cross to go forward. It is the power of God to change us. What we need is a new center and starting point. The Cross is not only the center of our reconciliation with God but much more (Romans 3:24,25; 4:25; 5:7‑9).
The cross is the center of victory over:
- The devil Colossians 2:14,15; Hebrews 2:14,15.
- The power of the world Galatians 6:14; 1 John 2:15‑17.
- The power of sin or the flesh Galatians 5:24; Romans 7:21‑23; 8:2.
- The power of sickness/disease Isaiah 53:3‑5; 1 Peter 2:24.
- The power of the curse Galatians 3:13,14.
- The power of our past 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Corinthians 6:9‑11; Galatians 2:20.
These truths are the catalyst to putting off the old man, being renewed in the spirit of our mind, and putting on the new man Ephesians 4:23; Romans 12:2.