Out With the Old, In With the New
“Out with the old, in with the new.” Maybe you’ve heard that expression before. It’s a common adage, especially around this time of the year. But have you ever considered that it could apply to your life as well? According to God’s Word, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away” (2 Corinthians 5:17). God’s promise of transformation is true for anyone. Today, you too can become a new creation in Christ.
In order to become a new creation, you must realize that you need to be made new. You must realize that you are a sinner. According to Scripture everyone has sinned. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Since God is holy and man is sinful, we have come short of Him because our sins have separated us from Him.
As sinners, we cannot save ourselves from what we deserve—death. According to Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Although we are sinners, God has offered us a gift of new life through Christ. This gift of new life cannot be bought or earned. It has already been purchased through the blood of Christ.
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Since we are sinners who cannot save ourselves, Jesus died in our place. According to I Corinthians 15:3b-4, Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day. Although Jesus died for us, He is no longer dead, but living! Jesus has risen from the dead because God accepted His perfect sacrifice for our sins.
Because of this, you can have God’s gift of new life in Christ today! Jesus said in John 3:16, “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.” Jesus has already paid the price. Will you now take God at His word and accept His free gift of salvation from the penalty of sin and receive new life through Jesus?
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
If you would like the gift of new life, simply take it. The following prayer is a guideline to help you express your desire to God:
I know that I am a sinner. I believe that only Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on the cross and resurrection from the dead can save me. I now accept Your gift of salvation and receive You as my Savior. Thank You for forgiving my sins and making me a new creation by Your grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior is just the beginning of an exciting relationship and a new life. In order to grow and mature in your new life in Christ, we encourage you to begin reading the Bible (we suggest beginning with the book of John in the New Testament), to begin attending church with other believers who accept the Bible as the only true Word of God, and to share the good news about your decision with others.
All verses were quoted from the New King James Version