If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new. That is what the bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17. The moment you accepted Jesus as your saviour, you became a new creature. That is, you became born again into the family of Christ. You were given the nature of Christ. I hear often of stories of people going for altar calls every time they are made because they have sinned after the previous altar call they went for. Understandable. Matter of fact, I was like that up until a few years ago… but you do not need it. Here’s why.
There is no man born of a woman, no one who has ever walked the surface of this earth (except Jesus Christ by whom all the sins of this world were forgiven) that has never been guilty of sin. That you have sinned since the last time you gave your life to Christ does not mean you need another process of being born again by coming out for altar calls and confessing the needful. What you need is to be remorseful about what you did, accept His forgiveness, repent (change your ways through the Holy Spirit) and most especially, renew your mind through the Word of God; so as to know who you are and what you have in Christ Jesus. As I said before, everyone at the point of belief is given the nature of Christ. The only reason you are still feeling like a sinner is because you are yet to activate that nature through the Word of God. (Romans 12:1-2)
You are no longer the liar you used to be. You are only lying because you have not registered it within you (through God’s word), that you now have the nature of Christ. That is why it is important that you are reminded that you are a new creature, your old self has been dead with Christ and a new you has been resurrected in Him. (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:3-8)
Being born again does not mean perfection. It does not mean you will not make mistakes. Being born again means you acknowledge the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ and you put it to work within you. Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:12 AMP that he works towards perfection in being Christ-like as though it were attainable. That means, he knew that as long as he remained on this earth, in this earthly body, perfection equals impossible but he would nevertheless work towards it as though it was. That is what it means to be born again. You do not have to let your old ways determine how you would live your life now. Just keep your eyes on the prize, press forward towards perfection as though it is attainable. Being born again is to strive for a life that mirrors Jesus, by actively depending on the Holy Spirit. So yes, you may make mistakes once in a while but the mistakes you make have to be of the head and not of the heart or the mind…mistakes that were not premeditated.
Also, that old things are passed away means you’re just as good as brand new. Blood covenants you made or secret communities you belonged to pre-salvation do not have a hold on the you, post-salvation. Those are old things and they are passed away. Generational curses incurred on you by the sins of your parents or your own sins are nothing but wasted words over you, post-salvation because they are old things. The sicknesses common in your family that have killed people in your family have nothing to do with you, once you’re in Christ because they are old thing and they are passed away. When the bible said all things have become new, it meant ALL things. Your organs, your heart, your nature, your way of thinking, your mind, your soul and everything that concerns you have become new. However, because we remain in our earthly bodies, it is neccessary that we daily renew our minds through the word of God for the transformation we have received in Christ, to be evident (Romans 12:1-2). You only think like your old self because the devil is trying to mess with you, based on your ignorance. You only feel the symptoms of that sickness because the devil is trying to shake your faith. He knows that once he can get you to doubt the completeness of your salvation then he can get you to fall back into a sinful life. To live the new life that you have been given, correctly, you need to dwell on the word of God and have the word of God, dwell in you.
Just as you cannot buy a brand-new car and begin to condemn it by saying “the tire is flat” or “the engine is bad” or “the windscreen is cracked” because it is brand new, so also there is no condemnation for you as a new creature found in Christ. The bible says in Romans 8:1 KJV that there is therefore NOW (not later or soon or when we get to heaven) no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus; who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. Note that walking after the Spirit is key. Since we are aware that a person who is in Christ is a new creature born into family of Christ with the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), we understand that we are not under condemnation of any sort…not by sins your forefathers committed nor by sins you have committed before knowing Jesus neither by sins you may commit even after knowing Jesus as a result of human error (errors of the head, not heart). Do not put yourself under condemnation of any sort as The One who is most holy does not condemn you. What condemnation does to a child of God is that it makes him or her feel less saved than he is and would more often than not, push such person deeper into sin. You are a forgiven, helped (by the Holy Spirit), grace-empowered, redeemed, justified, righteous, saved and new creature in Christ. The old you has passed away, crucified with Christ, never to be resurrected in Jesus name! (Romans 5:1-2; Romans 5:9; Romans 6:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
“For the person who has died [with Christ] has been freed from [the power of] sin.” Romans 6:7 AMP
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