“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
In the field of optometry, 20-20 is known and accepted as perfect vision. By the movement of the hands of the clock, time is measured and broken down into years, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds thus bringing about the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
I don’t believe there is anyone alive anywhere in this global village who can testify that in their lifetime there has been another year comparable to the year 2020, for little did anyone dare think that 2020 by the clock on any wall would bring us into a new dispensation.
What we once knew and how we behaved suddenly changed into a new mode of behavior, ideals, thoughts and actions. Our text deals with what was, is and is to be – old things have been replaced with new things.
How relevant the word of God is; and sighs of pity must be breathed for those who despise the word of God and the Creator of this wonderful world.
As I drive around it is so pleasing to see old buildings being restored into beauty, and I would stop and encourage owners for their improvement, I would tell them, don’t move – improve!
You don’t need to move to Lyford Cay, you have the power to make Lyford Cay come to where you are.
The church at Corinth was first founded by the Apostle Paul and other churches followed. The letters written to them are known as the Letters of Paul. Now we have to understand that these churches were being taught a new doctrine of the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, and it is not easy to get people who are steeped in what they are doing or believing to change. I told this story to accept change.
The words “therefore” and “if” are two powerful words. “If” is based on a conditional clause changing the situation or matter at hand. “Therefore” is for that reason, or consequently. So, it goes that there has to be a change to the situation or interpretation.
I was on a train in London and important information was posted: “Standing in the door causes delay and can be dangerous,” but some smart person changed the message by marking out the “ing”, “s” and “can”, so that it now read “Stand in the door cause delay and be dangerous.”
It is sometimes difficult to see the action and thought to how some would act, seeing that they confess that they are saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost. The problem with the church of today is that the sinners have no strife, envy or hate as they are as kind with their rum or whatever and would share with their brothers or sisters. But when it comes to many of the body of Christ, they would eat Jesus’ flesh and drink his blood and have no love for those who come to the altar at the same time.
It is impossible to continue to do the same contrary things you were doing in the flesh and say that you are in the spirit. Yes, you were a chronic liar or thief, but you have accepted Christ as your savior and there is no way you are still lying and stealing. Indeed, you have ignored therefore and if, and there is no newness and no “in Christ.”
We as Christians are not perfect, but each and every day we should be shedding those garments that we have been wearing and have become tattered and torn.
The text today is encouraging us to change. If we were pledging to be kind and be servants of the Lord and of the people, how is it that you use your brothers and sisters for your selfish accomplishments? How is it that the hatred you had for others has increased over the years? What happened to the twins – “therefore” and “if”.
To you my dear and faithful, we are in a new way of living. It is the 11th hour and we have an hour left to accept “therefore” and “if”, if we are to become the nation and people that God would have us to be.
We have the potential to be that nation that is exalted through righteousness, but it must be accompanied with the presence of “therefore” and “if”. Doing this, the rest is left up to God.