Become A New Creation

What happens when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. What kind of a change takes place. The big question is “why is a change necessary?” “If I am living such a good life, why do I have to change?” God gives us the answer. As good as we think that we are, we are not “good” in the eyes of God. There is a change that needs to be made and God provides us the tool to make that change.

The Problem Of Sin

I think that we can all agree that there is sin in the world. What we cannot agree on is what constitutes sin. In other words, what is sin and what is not sin. The truth is that we are not even qualified to answer this question. This is not our world, it is God’s world. Thus, it is God who determines what is sin and what is not.

First of all, we should not even worry about what is sin and what is not sin. God tells us Romans 3:23 that we all have sinned. Listen to what it says. Romans 3:23 (NIV): “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” This includes everyone of us. We really do not have to determine what sin we have committed. We all have sinned and need to be forgiven.

Also listen to Romans 3:12 (NIV): “All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” We all need the great gift of salvation that Jesus offers us. We all need to become a new creation, free from sin.

The Remedy For Sin

God has provided a remedy for our sin. He has not left us hopeless. This remedy was very difficult for God to create, but very simple for us to accept.

There are many verses in the Bible that explain this remedy. Listen to 1 Peter 2:24 (NIV): “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” This is what Jesus did for us.

The penalty for sin, that is rebellion against God, is death. This is not physical death, but spiritual death, that is, complete separation from God. Why did God give us such a simple solution to the problem of sin?

God did this for us because of His great love for us. Listen to John 3:16 (NKJV): “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

God does not want anyone to live apart from Him. But, He made us free creatures, so it is our choice whether we want to live with Him or not.

The Invitation That God Gives

God will not force salvation upon anyone. He will not force us to live with Him. If we do not want to live according to God’s standard of living, we do not have to. We can live according to whatever standard we choose. However, because heaven is God’s domain, we cannot enter heaven unless we choose God’s standard of living. And He has made it very ease to choose that standard. We just have to accept God’s invitation.

The great news is that God gives the invitation to everyone. Everyone has the same opportunity to accept the great gift of salvation that Jesus offers.

Romans 10:13 (NIV): “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” God has no favorites. The call to accept His salvation is open to anyone and everyone who will respond.  Listen also to Acts 10:43 (NIV): “All the prophets testify about him (Jesus) that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” It does not matter what you have done in the past, this invitation is open to you.

How Do We Accept This Invitation?

The Bible tells us how to accept this invitation. Jesus, Himself tells us John 3:3 (NIV): “In reply Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see thekingdomofGodunless he is born again.’” Here is the answer. But what does it mean to be born again?

Our first birth brought us into this world. At that time we were given a physical life. This life will eventually end. We all know this. So Jesus talks about a second birth. Our first birth was not determined by us, our parents decided on that. This second birth is dependent upon us. We determine if we are going to accept it or not. How do we do this?

John 3:36 (NIV): “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” All we have to do is to believe in Jesus and accept what He did for us on the Cross. By faith, we accept His death as our own death to sin. How do we do this?

Romans 10:9 (NIV): “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” It is that simple. Accept Jesus as the Lord of your life and believe that Jesus arose from the dead to give you life, and you will receive salvation, that is, eternal life.

The Time To Respond Is Now

Isaiah 55:6 (NIV): “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Yes, Jesus is waiting for you to respond to His call. Rev. 3:20 (NIV): “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”

Jesus will not force Himself into your life. However, He is standing at the door of your heart (life) and knocking. He wants to come into your life.

What Does The New Birth Give Us?

The New Birth makes us into a brand new creation. We are not the same creature that we were before. No, our physical body does not change, only our spirit. The wonderful thing is that as we now allow our new spirit to gain control over our physical body, our outward appearance often does change.

II Corinthians 5:17 tells us what happens in the new birth. II Cor. 5:17 (NKJV): “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Through the new birth, we become a new creation. Remember, it is our spirit that is recreated. And since our spirit is half of who we are, we do become a new creature.

Isaiah 1:18 also gives us an explanation. Isaiah 1:18 (NIV): “’Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” Our sins are washed clean and God looks at us as if we had never sinned or ever lived in sin.

How Can We Know This?

We can only know what is true through faith in God. However, look around you, at nature and at the universe. How can anyone say that this all happened simply by chance. No, there had to be a creating and guiding hand for all this to happen. Also, look at how so many people’s lives have changed after they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

There is no doubt in my mind that there is a God who loves us. And if this is true, there is no doubt that He provided a way for us to know His will. And He has done this by giving us His Word, our Holy Bible. And in this Bible, God assures that what is written, is His Holy Word.

I John 5:12-13 (NIV): “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

Jesus, Himself said in John 5:24 (NIV): “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

All we have to do is to trust God and the Word that He has proclaimed to us.

What Happens To Us?

God also tells us this. First of all, we will be accepted into the fellowship of God, the Father. Matthew 10:32 (NIV): “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.” Whoever Jesus acknowledges as His, is accepted by the Father into His heaven.

I John 1:3 also tells us that we will be accepted into the fellowship of God.  I John 1:3 (NIV):     “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”

We will experience the love of God. John 14:21 (NIV): “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

It is Your Choice

Are you willing to accept the fact that you have a problem with sin? Are you then willing to accept God’s remedy for sin? You are a free creature, and you can do whatever you want to do. However, your choice will dictate what your eternal future will be. What is your choice?

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