Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
You have obtained a new life which can only be satisfied by new delights,
which can only be excited by new objects and constrained by new principles suitable to its own nature!
This you will continually show. The life of God within you will make your actions pregnant with holiness and the end, thereof, shall be everlasting life!
Your faith in Christ clearly evinces you to be a new
creature, for it kills your old confidences and makes you build upon a new basis.
Your love to Christ also shows your newness, for it has slain your old actions and captured your heart for Jesus only. And
your hope, which is also a gift of the blessed Spirit, is set upon new things altogether, while your old
hopes are things of which you are now ashamed.
But all this is in Christ, and if you are not in Christ you
are still in the old world which must shortly be destroyed. As “by the Word of God were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth,” so have you been created by Jesus, the Eternal Word, and quickened by His Spirit or else you still abide in death.
If your faith has never laid her
hand upon Christ’s sacrifice for sin, then your soul has never felt the regenerating influence of the Holy
Spirit! And all the baptismal regeneration and all else of human invention that may now comfort you is
but a vain deceit.
You must be born again, but it can only be in Christ Jesus, for to “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.”
“He that has the Son has life; and He that has not the Son of God has not life.” O that we may all believe in
Him, and enter into the new life— CH Spurgeon.
“Author of the new creation,
Come with all Your Spirit’s power!
Make our hearts Your habitation,
On our souls Your graces shower.”