2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Most unbelievers today do not have a violently negative view of Jesus, like Saul A. However, they have a naturalistic, evolution and anti-God worldview. They view Jesus as a good man, a wise teacher, or just another founder of an ancient religion.
All of these “old things” will “pass away” when they believe in Jesus and “new things have come.” The believer in Jesus has made a 180 degree change, or repentance, from rejecting Jesus to being “in Christ”. By the supernatural power of God they have literally become a “new creature”.
What are the attributes of this new creature? Here are a few.
They will become a Temple of God and be filled with the Holy Spirit at the instant of salvation and have His presence and power daily for the rest of their life on earth.
The veil that Satan had blinded them with will be removed and they can read and study the Bible with understanding and application.
As they grow in God’s grace they will have a desire to be: holy, faithful and good, love Jesus; love others & offer them forgiveness, mercy & grace; and hate their own sin.
The new creature will desire to obey all the commandments including all those in the New Testament because they love Jesus.
Diligent daily pursuit of these attributes by God’s grace will result in an intimate relationship with Jesus and advance the Disciple toward God’s goal for every believer to “be conformed to the image of his Son“.
How are you doing at growth in your intimate relationship with Jesus and advancing daily in God’s goal “be conformed to the image of his Son”?
Notes: A- Acts 7:58-8:3;
Henry Luke 5/17/2018
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