And for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation. the old order has passed away; now everything is new!  All of this is from God, who ransomed us through Christ—and made us ministers of that reconciliation.  This means that through Christ, the world was fully reconciled again to God, who didn’t hold our transgressions against us,  but instead entrusted us with this message of reconciliation. -2 Corinthians 5: 17-19