2 Corinthians 5:17 (King James Version)
The moment we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, we were given a promise. No longer will our lives be dictated by the ways of our sinful nature. God’s promise to us is a new life, found in the Lord Jesus.
What does this new life look like? Those who are in Christ are forgiven of all sin because His blood has washed away all transgression. This new life is a second chance to live in a way that is honorable to the One who saved us.
It is because of Jesus’ sacrifice that we have been given new life. Unfortunately, this new life has not yet reached its full potential. We still live in bodies that are prone to the habits of our old sinful nature. It is because of this, many of us have relapsed into the ways of our former selves. This causes us great shame as followers of our Savior; and makes us wonder whether or not we really have a new life in Christ.
Is it possible for a true believer to revert back to his old sinful self? Let us consider the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:17. The Apostle makes it very clear: once you accept Christ, you have become a new creation, and the shell that was our old sinful self ceases to exist. With that in mind, there is nothing that we can do that can take away God’s promise of new life. We are under God’s grace.
If we under the favor of God, why then do we fall into sin from time to time? It is because we are still newborns in this new life. We are like spiritual toddlers trying to take our first steps toward our Heavenly Father. At times, we may stumble because we are still learning to walk in His ways. Even when we fall on our face spiritually, our Heavenly Father will always be with us, to comfort us in our frustrations and encourage us to get back up and try again.
Therefore, we must not allow sin to keep us down, for it has no power over us anymore. We are bound by the promise of the Almighty and He will make sure that we will move forward in the new life He has given us. Let us take joy in God and His promise and allow Him to transform us from inside out, so that we would experience the New Life in Christ.
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