In the New International Version of the Bible, II Corinthians 5:17 reads: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 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!
Here is a helpful illustration. Imagine that you had an egg, and I told you this egg was taken from an incubator. Let’s say this egg represents a human being for illustration purposes. The shell represents the body, the white represents the soul, and the yolk represents the spirit.
While it is not biologically accurate, let us imagine that the life or the essence of the chicken is the yolk. Now what if I said to you that this incubating egg is going to produce a defective and deformed chick because there is something wrong with the yolk?
Then imagine if I took that egg and inserted a needle through the shell, through the white and into the yolk and extracted the bad yolk. In its place I inject a new healthy yolk where the old yolk had been, and I placed it back into the incubator until it hatches a perfectly healthy chick.
Now with this being said, how would you answer this question: Is that chicken a changed chicken? The answer is no, it is not. It is an exchanged chicken, the old has gone, the new has come.
I’ve got good news from God’s Word for all born again believers. You are not the same bird you were before salvation. God did not change your life. It is better than that. He exchanged your life. He has taken out the old you, the Adamic nature and in exchange, Jesus has come to take His place in you. You now have a new life. That’s the mystery of our faith. “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:27) You are now one with Christ.
LIFE LESSON: Richard Halverson, the United States Senate Chaplain from 1981 to 1995, said and I quote: “Jesus does not want you to become a Christian; He wants you to become a new creation.” And then he said, “There is great deal of difference between the two.”
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