Top 100 Children’s Bible Memory Verses: A New Creation – The Story Behind 2 Corinthians 5:17

2 Corinthians 5:17 is a favorite children’s Bible memory verse, but how many know the story behind this verse?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 

Paul wrote this second letter to the Corinthian church to express his joy over being able to minister with them.

This letter was written about 6 months after 1 Corinthians.  Paul was preparing to come back and visit the Corinthians.

Paul encouraged the Corinthians to be reconciled to God and as ambassadors to encourage others to be reconciled to God.  Christ was on earth reconciling the world to Himself and not counting their sins against them.

In verse 16 and 17 of chapter 5, Paul emphasized that the Corinthians were not to look at each other according to their physical appearance any longer.  That is the old self.  Now that they were in Christ, they had become new creations.  All the old was gone.  They were made brand new and whole in Christ.

We live in a world that tells us that external appearance is everything.  We can encourage our children form verse 17, that what Christ has made new inside every believer is what really counts.

Now you know the story behind 2 Corinthians 5:17.

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It provides the Big Story behind all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  


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Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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