Dear Fr. Adrian, can you please elaborate on 2 Corinthians 5:17 which states that, 'That anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun'. Thank you.
For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.
( Colossians 1 : 27; NLTCE).
AFr. Adrian answers:
One of Paul’s most outstanding insights is his understanding of the relationship between the believer and Christ, which he sometimes describes as being “in Christ” though it can equally be described as “Christ living in you” (Col 1:27 NLTCE).
Christians as a community form “one body in Christ” (Romans 12:5). We “are joined with Christ” through baptism. (Romans 6:3, 5). In union with Christ, as members of his body, all of us “belong to each other, and to him who has been raised from the dead” (Romans 7:5).
This is a particularly rich doctrine with many consequences for our lives as individuals and members of the Church. Here, however, Paul focuses on one of these dimensions: the fact that we become a New Creation. This is a particularly picturesque expression: it is as if, through the Resurrection of Jesus, God had created the whole world anew. We know that this New Creation will take place at the end of time (Rev 21:1) but the beauty of being regenerated in Jesus Christ is: You and I can live this New Creation here and now! Christ is the head of this new humanity, just as Adam was the head of the old.
The new life that we are now called to live is the life of the Resurrection. The Gospels make it clear that the Resurrection was discovered on the “first day of the week” (Matthew 28:1 for example). This is not just a chronological record of events, but also a way of encapsulating the New Creation that took place.
As members of this new humanity, you and I have been set free by Christ, and live in the glorious liberty of the children of God, free at all times to "think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth" (Colossians 3:1-5) and live in the freedom of the Gospel.
About Rev Fr Adrian Mascarenhas
Rev. Fr. Adrian Mascarenhas has served as the Assistant Parish Priest of St. Patrick's Church and Ascension Church, and has completed two years of ministry at St. Peter's Church, Bangalore, India. He received his licentiate in sacred theology from Dharmaram Vidya Kshethram and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Fundamental Theology at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.