Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
God—master artist, architect, builder, designer—knows exactly where and how to apply His creative techniques on us, His canvas. I like Chip Ingram’s analogy (Your Divine Design, Living on the Edge): “Believers [in Christ] are in process . . . process of an extreme makeover.”
In order to understand God’s plan/purpose in giving believers spiritual gifts, we need to first understand the context.
Ephesians 2:1-3 explains who we used to be:
- As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts [prisoners of the world system]. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
Ephesians 2:4-6 explains who we are now in Christ:
- But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
Why an extreme makeover?
Ephesians 2:7-10 explains God’s purpose:
- . . . in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
- For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (vs. 10)
Is your life different now because of Jesus? How?
What work is God doing in you?
More to come: “Where and how does God do extreme makeovers?”