New Creation

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picofsundaySo if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! – 2 Cor. 5:17

This week’s epistle lesson from 2 Corinthians contains one off my all-time favorites verses from scripture. The metaphor Paul uses – “new creation” – is a metaphor for all contexts, eras, and people. In this one sentence, Paul crystallizes the essence of Christianity – new creation. In Christ, we are all born anew (born again), and everything old has passed away. If we don’t seek to be born anew in Christ day in and day out, we have missed the whole point of the Christian faith.

This summer is a summer of newness:

  • Christ the King Episcopal Church has a new rector.
  • The Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast will consecrate a new bishop.
  • The Episcopal Church will elect a new Presiding Bishop.

But as exciting as it might be to have all of these new leaders in place, your new rector, bishop, and presiding bishop are just people.

  • It is in and through Christ that we are genuinely made new and whole.
  • It is in and through Christ that relationships are healed and reconciled.
  • It is in and through Christ that Christ the King Episcopal Church, the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, and the national Episcopal Church will be made a new creation, giving birth to new hopes, dreams, and relationships.

See you Sunday!

Richard+

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