“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
The Christian life has often been compared to a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. Having wings, butterflies are not concerned with caterpillar things.
So are Christians. Although we are on this earth and our bodies are made of the same substance as the lost around us who are still about earthly things, we are a new creation in Christ.
A transformation happened in Jesus when he emerged from the tomb. Not only did He overcome sin and the grave, He had a body that was changed. It was eternal.
So, it only follows that the members of His body, the church, will be “like him because we shall see him as he is” 1 John 3:2. In fact, those baptized into His death have this promise: “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” Romans 6:5.
Thus, we fix our eyes on the eternal and our hearts and minds on things above. The church, then, is not made up of caterpillars. Rather, it’s a gathering of the saved who are being sanctified in the chrysalis of this present life and are looking forward in hope to emerging as a new creation.
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Here are five books suggested by one writer on how to change bad habits. Christians can probably learn a bit from these. The authors probably don’t understand how God works, but they do have a notion about how the mind functions.
“And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit” 2 Cor 3.18.
God provides us motivation, power, and support to practice the good works of Christ.
And there is the truth of repentance, which is the decision to, and movement toward, change, to stop practicing sin and live in holiness.
Christians have the best chance for change. We glory in Christ Jesus, who makes us children of God and sends his Spirit to transform us.
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“Some people said, ‘This is the man!’ while others said, ‘No, but he looks like him.’ The man himself kept insisting, ‘I am the one!'”
Jesus healed a blind man and upset the abnormal human state of affairs.
When Christ restores us to God, how does that disturb people?
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There are consequences, negative and positive, to the things we think, do, and say in our life. All behavior has built-in consequences. When you choose the behavior you choose the consequence.
Our daily goal should be spiritual growth.
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)
Here are some things that will bring about those positive, spiritual changes. Continue reading
Without weaknesses, we couldn’t grow. Work everyday to overcome them. Christ has an answer (Romans 12:1-2). Be transformed and allow Christ to make you better than you can ever be on your own. Start today because time is short (Acts 2:37-38; James 4:14; Hebrews 9:27).