In the world but not of it

January 13, 2010

New construction…

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

If you are over the age of 35 you will probably remember a toy that was popular for over half a century; the Erector Set…

The Erector Set was invented in 1911 by A.C. Gilbert and began selling in 1913, quickly to become one of the best selling toys of all time. The concept was simple; use toy versions of steel beams and widgets to construct things.

Construction means to build, to assemble. It is the foundational principle around most things in life. We construct buildings but we also construct relationships, careers, hobbies, and most importantly our walk with the Lord.

There are two very important distinctions in this passage that have to do with the idea of construction.

First, we are told that if we are in Christ we are a new creation, which means that spiritually we have gone through a metamorphosis and the old things have passed away.

Using the idea of construction, the phrase “passed away” means to abruptly stop, to put an immediate halt to something. It would be like the worksite foreman coming along one afternoon and telling you to stop immediately, put the tools away and the leave the site, the job has been cancelled. Another definition that is often used is around the idea of circumcision, to immediately cut off.

Both communicate the same message, the old things in our life; sin, bad habits and attitudes, the wrong relationships, etc…need to stop immediately, there is no more building (constructing) that goes on.

Second, the phrase “become new” has the opposite meaning. It is a term that refers to construction and the process of erecting a building. The message here is that once someone has accepted Christ then the building process in his or her life must radically change. They must stop building those things that have dragged them down and start allowing the Lord to build new life into them.

This process of construction in the life of a believer is referred to as sanctification. It is God working in us His holiness and He is patient. As He erects the building of our life one year it may be the floor of love, next year the floor of faith, then the floor of patience, etc…

Think of it as new construction. The only difference is that the construction does not end this side of heaven. I find that God is continuously working something new in my life while He continues to remodel.

He not only adds something new to our lives but He is also refurbishing at the same time, repairing those areas that seem to be troublesome or recurring, finding leaks and cracks. He is the Master Builder.

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