Dathan and Allison Marshall just sent their July update.
2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Have you experienced the transforming power of God’s grace? Just as a nutritionist teaches a patient to forsake bad eating habits and seek a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle, we (as followers of Jesus Christ) must also forsake our old, sinful habits and seek a new life that is spiritually healthy and fully devoted to pursuing godliness, purity, and holiness. So here is where we must all evaluate our own lives…are we living in sin, or are we living in holiness? This passage makes it very clear that there is a stark contrast between the ‘old’ us and the ‘new’ us, one living a sinful life and one living a holy life. “…old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Are you and I finding ourselves returning to our old, sinful habits? As believers of Jesus Christ who live in a sinful, self-satisfying world, we often find ourselves faced with temptations to ‘lure’ us back to a sinful lifestyle, also known as the old nature. But do NOT forget the transforming power of God’s grace towards us, in that He sent His only Son (Jesus Christ) into the world to live a perfect and sinless life, to sacrifice His body and blood on a cross as the payment for our sins, and to raise Himself from the dead after three days (which is a picture of the new life we receive). 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” So as you read these verses and evaluate your own life before a holy, righteous God, remember that Jesus Christ not only came to crucify your old, sinful habits, but also to give you a new life that is holy and brings glory to God!