Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
We often hear verse 17 as a call to holiness; “If you are saved, you should act different than someone who isn’t saved.” While I believe that is a sound practical application, that is not the context of the passage. The context is about the responsibility that we, as new creatures, now have. It is to be AMBASSADORS. Notice that passage does not say, “old things are to be put away” or “all things should be new.” It is assuming those things are true, and that we are now in position to share our faith. Christian, if God has changed your life through salvation, that is wonderful; but, that is only the beginning. What are you doing with this change? This year, I have asked the LORD to help me Win One & Keep One. I want to see another life changed into the image of God’s Son. When we focus on us (new creature, all things new) we can become puffed up. But, when we focus on the task ahead and on the Savior, we understand our place in this world.