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Our blog posts on this website are about the faith that we share in Jesus Christ. The lessons they contain are designed to provide readers with a desire to grow in their understanding and knowledge of God. But if you are not yet a person of faith (a believer in Jesus Christ and a follower of Him), these blog posts will be merely “inspirational” rather than spiritual in their impact.
First Corinthians 5:17 (NASB) states: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” In other words, friends, our lives are changed, different, new when we are “in Christ.”
So what does it mean to be “a new creature”? Matthew Henry, in his Commentary on the Whole Bible, writes that it is: “a thorough change of the heart.” In this case, the heart no longer lives for sin and its temporal pleasures but for Christ and His eternal treasures.
Because of the sin of Adam, the first man created by God and the first to choose his own selfish desires over the commands of God (see Genesis, chapters two and three), all humans are born with sinful hearts. A holy God, however, cannot look on sin and demands that there be a payment for the sin—death. Try as we might in our strength, we can never be good enough on our own, do enough right things, or follow enough rules and regulations to earn our way into His favor.
So this amazing, compassionate, loving God sent His Son, Jesus, from heaven (see Luke 2) to come to earth and live among humankind (even though He Himself was one with God). Knowing that we could never merit His favor, God sacrificed His own Son (His Holy, sinless Son, Jesus) to be the One to die so that we, sinful humankind, could have our sin-debt paid in full and could be forgiven of the sins that, from birth, have been our very nature. Christ died the most horrid of deaths—He was tortured and nailed to a cross—but because He is very God Himself, He did not remain dead but rose from the dead (just like the Bible said that He would)! Not long after this miraculous resurrection from the grave, He ascended into heaven to be with God, His Father, and to intercede on our behalf. Because of this death, burial, and resurrection, God now offers us a pardon for our sins!
That, friends, is a gift that simply requires our using the faith that He gives us to believe Him and to accept this offer of being saved (“salvation”) from the penalty for our sins! It is a gift of pure grace! The Bible, God’s Word to us, states: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8, NASB).
In Acts 16, two followers of Christ were asked how someone might become a follower of Christ, accept this grace-given gift of God, and know this forgiveness of sins. Their reply? “They said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…’” (Acts 16:31).
Have you accepted this gift of forgiveness and eternal life in heaven? If so, we would love to hear your faith story. Feel free to send us a note at: PetalsfromtheBasket@gmail.com. This is the greatest change you have ever chosen, and it is foundational to the changes you will continue to make as you learn more about your great God.
If you have not yet chosen to turn away from (“forsake”) your sins, accept God’s free gift of salvation, and follow after Christ Jesus as your Savior (the only One Who has the ability to save you from the punishment of sin), please feel free to e-mail us (PetalsfromtheBasket@gmail.com) any questions you may have. But you don’t have to wait to hear back from us. You can pray right where you are and let God know that you desire to repent of your sins (i.e., choose to turn away from them), that you believe that Christ died to pay for your sins, and that you accept His free gift of salvation. And then, as the men in Acts 16:31 told the man who asked them the way of salvation, “you will be saved!”