“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).
Christianity is all about changing from the sinful nature we inherited from the old Adam to that, of Christ our new Adam sinless nature. Our complete transformation from the old nature to the new nature takes place through daily yielding of ourselves to God’s regeneration process. The proof that we are daily yielding to God’s regeneration transformation process is in our righteous passion and desires to live a sin free life to the glory of God. If as Christians we claim to be born again and Christly minded, yet comfortable with having the same old carnal mindset and living the same sinful lifestyle that we once lived before our so called oneness with Christ, then something must be terribly wrong spiritually.
The evidence that we are being transformed and yielding to God’s own image conformation process is in our willingness to resist sin and abide in God’s righteousness. If the attitude to sin before Christ and after we claim to have Christ in our lives remains the same, then the spirit man is clearly not being transformed from the old sinful nature to the new Christly sinless nature. And unless the spirit man is completely transformed to the likeness and sinless image of Christ, any religious hope of eternal life or heavenly abiding with God after the spirit man departs from this world, will be greatly met with disappointments on God’s final day of judgement.
Christianity is all about changing from the old nature of sin to the new holiness nature of Christ. As Christians, our continuous transformation is daily made obvious by the fact that, the sinful things we use to do prior to surrendering our lives to Christ, we do them no more because we have experienced a great change since we became born again in Christ.
There are no such thing as being a Christian but not born again. Our need to be born again is not subject to negotiations. And it is only if we are born again that we can see and enter the kingdom of God (John 3:1-7). Evidence of our new birth and great change in Christ are not subject to our religious passion, Church titles, positions or our natural passion for Church activities. It is determined by the fact that in our Christian walk of faith, we are in God’s eyes and in line with His righteous standards, readily yielding and willing to be fully reformed, conformed and completely transformed to the image and likeness of His only begotten Son who is Righteousness itself.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).
Shalom from me to all saints of God.