June 17

 

2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13) 14-17

 

“And God saw that it was good”: that is the repeated refrain in the wonderful passage with which the Bible commences its story.  What God makes is good. The creation of which we are a part, as immense and complex as it is, is good. But all is not well.  There is a disease attacking what God creates. A destructive power is working in human lives to counter the goodness of God’s creative love. However, that’s not the end of the story. The Christian Gospel announces that there is a new creation, one where humanity’s disease has been healed, where God’s creative love has full and interrupted sway. Is it just wishful thinking? A pious hope? No. It has been demonstrated in Jesus. And more than that, it has been opened up, through his death and resurrection, as a possibility for people everywhere to taste the life of this new creation. God, through Jesus, not only invited people to consciously and deliberately choose to live this new life, he made it possible by raising him from death. “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new.” Through faith, we are linked to Christ so that our lives interpenetrate with his, he dwells in us and we dwell in him. Baptism and Holy Communion affirm this and enable this. In Christ, we can appreciate the goodness of creation, enjoying the blessings of life in the here and now, but we aspire to be, not just part of the human race, but to be part of a transformed humanity, God’s new creation. It requires not just a one-off conversion, but a repeated re-commitment to living the life of God’s new creation by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

  • What destructive powers do you see working in opposition to the goodness of God’s creative love?
  • As Adam represents the beginning of the human race, Jesus represents the beginning of a different way of being human. What’s the difference?
  • What does 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 mean to you?
  • Is it your experience that Baptism and Communion affirm and enable the mutual in-dwelling of you in Christ and Christ in you?