“What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 [NLT].
How profound. The King James Version of the Bible verse above says, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.” If you have received Jesus Christ as your savior, you are a brand new person. Who you once were has vanished and a completely new person has appeared. You aren’t the same anymore.
When you become a Christian or a Believer in Christ, you are translated or transfered from death to life, from a darkness to light. Whatever it is you were dies and you start to live a new life in Christ Jesus. What am I saying? I’m saying if you were a prostitute and received Jesus, you’re not the same anymore because that old life is gone and a new life has begun. Actually, in God’s sight, its as though you were never a a prostitute to begin with. Whatever it is you were in before you received Jesus doesn’t count, because after you have received Him, you’re brand new.
Its no wonder that King David marveled saying “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him…” (Psalms 32:1-2). In Christ, our sins and the consequences of our sins do not count against us anymore, because the man who stood accused is dead in the death of Jesus and the man who stands now, stands righteous in His resurrection. In plain terms, if you are in Christ, don’t let the devil fill your heart with sin consciousness; don’t let him tell you that you are still a sinner, reminding you of all you did years ago; have you received Christ? Then you’re a new person, and that old person doesn’t exist anymore.
Right now, in Christ, you stand acquitted, you stand justified, you stand righteous because that is what God has made you. If you were an adulterer, in Christ you are a new person; if you were a Boko Haram terrorist, in Christ you are a new person; if you were an Atheist, in Christ you are a new person. Listen it’s now about how you look physically. If you have received Jesus the Christ as your Lord, your new life has begun. So please, do receive Him today; the life you’ll receive from him is one worth living.