Posted by: missionventureministries | October 17, 2019

WHY I NO LONGER DO THE THINGS I DID BEFORE I WAS SAVED – 2 Corinthians 5:17

I no longer do the things I did before I was saved, because I have been reborn as a completely new creature. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

The Christian life is one of death to self and rising to walk a new life. As Paul said: “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 6:4).

The new life is characterized by thoughts about Him, who saved me, and strengthens the new nature by my continually feeding on the Word of God, and through prayer I call upon His power to “not let sin reign in (my) mortal body so that (I) obey its evil desires” (Romans 6:12).

As I read the Bible I found out that “you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. (John 8:32)

And that if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

Therefore, It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)

My life of freedom in Christ is not a freedom to do anything I want to do but to have the uninterrupted, Spirit-sustaining power, as I rest in the finished work of Christ (Romans 8:3-4).

God gives true Christians new desires as the psalmist wrote: “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)

Humanity, however, needs to understand that God’s gift of rebirth is not achieved through human effort or merit, but comes through God’s mercy alone. Titus 3:5-7 tells us, “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

The new birth happened when I recognized that all man kind was born with a sinful nature for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and that the penalty for that sin is death (Romans 6:23). Because of our sin, we can’t know and experience God’s love and we are spiritually separated from Him.

To remedy the situation, God sent His only Son to die in our place; to take the penalty for our sin (Romans 5:8). After Jesus’ death, He rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-6); and after forty days He ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11), where He sits at the right of the Father interceding for us (Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:20).

Jesus is our only way to God (John 14:6) and He gives us the gift of salvation. You can receive God’s gift through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) and experience new birth (John 3:1-8).

Being born again is not performed or achieved by religious ceremony or traditional rite. The Bible states that God “does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right” (Acts 10:34-35). Therefore, becoming born again is a personal choice, available for everyone to receive. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Receiving Jesus means trusting Him to come into your life to forgive your sins and to make you the new person He desires you to be.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

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