We have this promise

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

The Christian life has often been compared to a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. Having wings, butterflies are not concerned with caterpillar things.

So are Christians. Although we are on this earth and our bodies are made of the same substance as the lost around us who are still about earthly things, we are a new creation in Christ.

A transformation happened in Jesus when he emerged from the tomb. Not only did He overcome sin and the grave, He had a body that was changed. It was eternal.

So, it only follows that the members of His body, the church, will be “like him because we shall see him as he is” 1 John 3:2. In fact, those baptized into His death have this promise: “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” Romans 6:5.

Thus, we fix our eyes on the eternal and our hearts and minds on things above. The church, then, is not made up of caterpillars. Rather, it’s a gathering of the saved who are being sanctified in the chrysalis of this present life and are looking forward in hope to emerging as a new creation.

Are you?

Douglas Kashorek

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