17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (2 Corinthians 5:17-18 KJV)
This scripture is referring to the New Birth, where we get our new born again spirits (John 3:3). Us Christians are made up of three parts, spirit, soul and body, and it is our spirits that are new, and they make us become a new creature. Our souls are not changed until we renew our minds (Romans 12:2), and our bodies will be changed when Jesus returns again (Philippians 3:21). Our spirits are completely new, and they are the very Spirit of Jesus (Galatians 4:6), as we become one with Him, and He lives within us, who are born again, making us one with God. Since the spirit is not something we can know with our five senses, we have a hard time knowing that we have been born again. It is hard for us humans to understand something that we can not feel, touch, see, hear, or taste. You can only understand the spirit, by reading about it in the Bible, as the Word of God is Spirit and Truth (John 17:17), and is like our spiritual mirror.
Our new spirit is what reconciles us to God, as He is a spirit (John 4:24) and looks upon our spirits, and sees us as perfect as Jesus is. He also gives us Christians the ministry of reconciliation, meaning that we are to tell others of the Gospel, and lead others to be born again and saved from destruction. This is not just talking about those who have been called to be preachers, but is what all Christians are supposed to do. The early church was good at witnessing for Jesus, and all the saints would go out and preach the Gospel to others, and that is why the whole known world was changed in a short period of time. All Christians need to tell their friends and neighbors about the Lord, and be effective witnesses for Christ, so that we can reconcile more people to God the Father (John 17:3). If you are truly a born again Christian, you should want to witness for the Lord out of love for Him, and not because you are trying to earn something from Him. Go tell someone today, about your Jesus, and what He has done for you. Thank you Jesus!
Devotional by Pastor Joe W. Green, www.Infinite-Faith.com