Paul writes, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT). As a student of the Word, every time I encountered this words “This means” or “Therefore” (in other translations) at the beginning of a sentence I should ask myself – ‘Therefore’ in relation to what? If you read Paul carefully, he said that we has become a “new person” in relation to Christ’s death and resurrection for us, and our identification with Christ by faith. All these makes a “new person” possible.
Now, as new persons in Christ, we are changed! And will continue to change into the likeness of Christ. When we become Christians, we change; we change from the inside outwardly. A Christian has a change of heart, a change in relationship, a new lifestyle, a new allegiance, a new royalty, a new reason for living, and a new purpose of life! Indeed, “The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” A life that leads to God’s way – regardless the hardship and narrow path that we will encounter along the journey – a life that brings joy for us and pleasing to God.
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.
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