2 Corinthians 5:17
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New International Version
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

New Living Translation
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

English Standard Version
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

King James Bible
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.

International Standard Version
Therefore, if anyone is in the Messiah, he is a new creation. Old things have disappeared, and—look!—all things have become new!

NET Bible
So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away--look, what is new has come!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
All that is in The Messiah is therefore The New Creation; the old order has passed away to such.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are made new.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

American King James Version
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

American Standard Version
Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If then any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away, behold all things are made new.

Darby Bible Translation
So if any one [be] in Christ, [there is] a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold all things have become new:

English Revised Version
Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Weymouth New Testament
So that if any one is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old state of things has passed away; a new state of things has come into existence.

World English Bible
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.

Young's Literal Translation
so that if any one is in Christ -- he is a new creature; the old things did pass away, lo, become new have the all things.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:16-21 The renewed man acts upon new principles, by new rules, with new ends, and in new company. The believer is created anew; his heart is not merely set right, but a new heart is given him. He is the workmanship of God, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Though the same as a man, he is changed in his character and conduct. These words must and do mean more than an outward reformation. The man who formerly saw no beauty in the Saviour that he should desire him, now loves him above all things. The heart of the unregenerate is filled with enmity against God, and God is justly offended with him. Yet there may be reconciliation. Our offended God has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ. By the inspiration of God, the Scriptures were written, which are the word of reconciliation; showing that peace has been made by the cross, and how we may be interested therein. Though God cannot lose by the quarrel, nor gain by the peace, yet he beseeches sinners to lay aside their enmity, and accept the salvation he offers. Christ knew no sin. He was made Sin; not a sinner, but Sin, a Sin-offering, a Sacrifice for sin. The end and design of all this was, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, might be justified freely by the grace of God through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus. Can any lose, labour, or suffer too much for Him, who gave his beloved Son to be the Sacrifice for their sins, that they might be made the righteousness of God in him?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Therefore. If even a human, personal, external knowledge of Christ is henceforth of no significance, it follows that there must have been a total change in all relations towards him. The historic fact of such a changed relationship is indicated clearly in John 20:17. Mary Magdalene was there lovingly taught that a "recognition of Christ after the flesh," i.e. as merely a human friend, was to be a thing of the past. In Christ; i.e. a Christian. For perfect faith attains to mystic union with Christ. A new creature; rather, a new creation (Galatians 6:15). The phrase is borrowed from the rabbis who used it to express the condition of a proselyte. But the meaning is not mere Jewish arrogance and exclusiveness, but the deep truth of spiritual regeneration and the new birth (John 3:3; Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 4:23, 24; Colossians 3:3, etc.). Old things; literally, the ancient things, all that belongs to the old Adam. Behold. The word expresses the writer's vivid realization of the truth he is uttering. All things. The whole sphere of being, and therewith the whole aim and character of life. The clause illustrates the "new creation."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore if any man be in Christ,.... There's a secret being in Christ from everlasting; so all that are loved by him, espoused unto him, chosen and preserved in him, to whom he was a covenant head, surety, and representative, are in him, united to him, and one with him; not in such sense as the Father is in him, and the human nature is in him, but as husband and wife, and head and members are one: and there is an open being in Christ at conversion, when a man believes in Christ, and gives up himself to him; faith does not put a man into Christ, but makes him appear to be in him: and such an one "is a new creature"; or, as some read it, "let him be a new creature": who understand being in Christ to be by profession, and the sense this, whoever is in the kingdom or church of Christ, who professes himself to be a Christian, ought to be a new creature: the Arabic version reads it, "he that is in the faith of Christ is a new creature". All such who are secretly in Christ from everlasting, though as yet some of them may not be new creatures, yet they shall be sooner or later; and those who are openly in him, or are converted persons, are actually so; they are a new "creation", as the words may be rendered: , "a new creation", is a phrase often used by the Jewish (h) doctors, and is applied by the apostle to converted persons; and designs not an outward reformation of life and manners, but an inward principle of grace, which is a creature, a creation work, and so not man's, but God's; and in which man is purely passive, as he was in his first creation; and this is a new creature, or a new man, in opposition to, and distinction from the old man, the corruption of nature; and because it is something anew implanted in the soul, which never was there before; it is not a working upon, and an improvement of the old principles of nature, but an implantation of new principles of grace and holiness; here is a new heart, and a new spirit, and in them new light and life, new affections and desires, new delights and joys; here are new eyes to see with, new ears to hear with, new feet to walk, and new hands to work and act with:

old things are passed away: the old course of living, the old way of serving God, whether among Jews or Gentiles; the old legal righteousness, old companions and acquaintance are dropped; and all external things, as riches, honours, learning, knowledge, former sentiments of religion, are relinquished:

behold, all things are become new; there is a new course of life, both of faith and holiness; a new way of serving God through Christ by the Spirit, and from principles of grace; a new, another, and better righteousness is received and embraced; new companions are sought after, and delighted in; new riches, honours, glory, a new Jerusalem, yea, new heavens, and a new earth, are expected by new creatures: or the sense of the whole may be this, if any man is entered into the kingdom of God, into the Gospel dispensation, into a Gospel church state, which seems to be the sense of the phrase "in Christ", in Galatians 3:28 he is become a new creature, or is got into a new creation, as it were into a new world, whether he be a Jew or a Gentile; for with respect to the former state of either, "old things are passed away"; if a Jew, the whole Mosaic economy is abolished; the former covenant is waxen old, and vanished away; the old ordinances of circumcision and the passover are no more; the daily sacrifice is ceased, and all the other sacrifices are at an end, Christ, the great sacrifice, being offered up; the priesthood of Aaron is antiquated, there is a change of it, and of the whole law; the observance of holy, days, new moons and sabbaths, is over; the whole ceremonial law is at end; all the shadows of it are fled and gone, the things they were shadows of being come by Christ, the sum and substance of them; and there is no more a serving God in the oldness of the letter, but in the newness of the Spirit: and if a Gentile, all the former idols he worshipped he turns from, and his language is, "what have I to do any more with idols? or what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?" all former sacrifices, superstitious rites and ceremonies, with which he worshipped them, are relinquished by him; with all other Heathenish customs, rules, and methods of conduct he had been used to: "behold, all things are become new"; to the one, and to the other; the Gospel dispensation is a new state of things; a new form of church state is erected, not national, as among the Jews, but congregational, consisting of persons gathered out of the world, and anew embodied together; new ordinances are appointed, which were never in use before, as baptism and the Lord's supper; a new and living way is opened by the blood of Christ into the holiest of all, not by the means of slain beasts, as among the Jews, nor by petty deities as with the Gentiles; a new commandment of love is enjoined all the followers of the Lamb; and another name is given them, a new name, which the mouth of the Lord their God has named, not of Jews nor Gentiles, but of Christians; and new songs are put into their mouths, even praise to God: in short, the Gospel church state seems to be, as it were, a new creation, and perhaps is meant by the new heavens and new earth, Isaiah 65:15 as well as those who are the proper members of it, are new creatures in the sense before given.

(h) T. Hieros. Roshhashana, fol. 59. 3. Vajikra Rabba, fol. 170. 4. Bemidbar Rabba, fol, 202. 3. Cosri, fol. 62. 2. & R. Levi ben Gersom in Exod, fol. 108. 1. Tzeror Hammor, fol. 121. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. Therefore—connected with the words in 2Co 5:16, "We know Christ no more after the flesh." As Christ has entered on His new heavenly life by His resurrection and ascension, so all who are "in Christ" (that is, united to Him by faith as the branch is In the vine) are new creatures (Ro 6:9-11). "New" in the Greek implies a new nature quite different from anything previously existing, not merely recent, which is expressed by a different Greek word (Ga 6:15).

creature—literally, "creation," and so the creature resulting from the creation (compare Joh 3:3, 5; Eph 2:10; 4:23; Col 3:10, 11). As we are "in Christ," so "God was in Christ" (2Co 5:19): hence He is Mediator between God and us.

old things—selfish, carnal views (compare 2Co 5:16) of ourselves, of other men, and of Christ.

passed away—spontaneously, like the snow of early spring [Bengel] before the advancing sun.

behold—implying an allusion to Isa 43:19; 65:17.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Additional Commentaries
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We are Christ's Ambassadors
16Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,…
Cross References
Isaiah 43:18
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 65:17
"See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.

Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

John 3:3
Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again."

Romans 6:4
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Romans 16:3
Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus.

Romans 16:7
Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.

Romans 16:9
Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.

Romans 16:10
Greet Apelles, whose fidelity to Christ has stood the test. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus.

Galatians 6:15
Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.

Ephesians 4:24
and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Hebrews 8:13
By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.

Revelation 21:4
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

Revelation 21:5
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

be.

2 Corinthians 5:19,21 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, …

2 Corinthians 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the …

Isaiah 45:17,24,25 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: …

John 14:20 At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

John 15:2,5 Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every …

John 17:23 I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and …

Romans 8:1,9 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ …

Romans 16:7,11 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, …

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there …

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

Ephesians 1:3,4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed …

Philippians 4:21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers which are with me greet you.

he is. or, let him be. a new.

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within …

Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; …

Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within …

Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree …

John 3:3,5 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except …

Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision, …

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …

old.

2 Corinthians 5:16 Why from now on know we no man after the flesh: yes, though we have …

Isaiah 43:18,19 Remember you not the former things, neither consider the things of old…

Isaiah 65:17,18 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former …

Matthew 9:16,17 No man puts a piece of new cloth to an old garment, for that which …

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Romans 6:4-6 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like …

Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we …

Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the …

Romans 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the …

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, …

Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments …

Ephesians 4:22-24 That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, …

Philippians 3:7-9 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ…

Colossians 3:1-10 If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, …

Hebrews 8:9-13 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the …

2 Peter 3:10-13 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the …

Revelation 21:1-5 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and …

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