2 Corinthians 5:17 **Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
The words “in Christ” comprise a brief but most profound statement of the in exhaustible significance of the believer’s redemption, which includes the following: 1) the believer’s security in Christ, who bore in His body God’s judgment against sin; 2) the believer’s acceptance in Him with whom God is well pleased; 3) the believer’s future assurance in Him who is the resurrection to eternal life and the sole guarantor of the believer’s inheritance in Heaven; and 4) the believer’s participation in the divine nature of Christ, the everlasting Word (2 Peter 1:4).
“New creation” refers to regeneration or the new birth ( John 3:3; Ephesians 2:1-3; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 2:29, 3:9, 5:4). This expression encompasses the Christian’s forgiveness of sins paid for in Christ’s substitutionary death (Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 4:24). After a person is regenerate, old value systems, worldly priorities, beliefs, and loves are gone. Evil and sin are still present, but the believer sees them in a new perspective (2 Corinthians 5:16), and they no longer control him. The Greek grammar indicates that this newness is a continuous condition of fact. The believer’s new spiritual perception of everything is a constant reality for him, and he now lives for eternity, not temporal things. James identifies this transformation as the faith that produces works (Ephesians 2:10; James 2:14-25).