Do you know what it means to be a new creature? By the time you finish reading this, you'll know.
But, more importantly, you will know if you, yourself, are one.
The Bible teaches that when God created man He: "formed man of the dust of the
ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
(Gen. 2:7) The SOUL was given the ability to think, feel, and choose. However, a soul by itself
cannot interact with the world. That's why God gave man a BODY with five senses that act
as windows, enabling him to know the world around him. But a soul inside a body cannot
have a complete personal relationship with God because: "God is a Spirit: and they that
worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24) Thus, man was also
given a SPIRIT to enable him to know God; to perceive the spiritual realm in much the same
way that his body enables him to perceive the physical world. Everything was originally in
place for a perfect relationship between God and man and then SOMETHING TERRIBLE
The first man, Adam, and his wife Eve rebelled against God and died spiritually, therefore
losing their spiritual connection with God (Genesis 3:1-24). This spiritual death has been
passed down to every generation (Genesis 5:3; Romans 5:12), causing mankind to grope
around in spiritual blindness searching for God. People have started many religions
attempting to find their way back to God, but despite all the religious efforts, man is still a
soul trapped in the physical realm. What he needs is a SPIRITUAL REBIRTH, and that is why
Jesus said: "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see
the kingdom of God." (John 3:3) This spiritual birth occurs when someone admits that
they are a lost, hell-bound sinner, repents, and trusts Christ, and only Christ, to save them.
Now, when you are truly born again, a supernatural transformation occurs. The Bible
says: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed
away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Cor. 5:17) As a new creature in Christ,
you will definitely know that a change has taken place in your life. The Bible says, "all
things are become new[,]" and it's not talking about turning over a new leaf or making a
new year's resolution. It's not you, yourself, who makes "all things are become new."
God is the only One who can perform this transformation,
and He does it from the INSIDE OUT!
The chart on the inside [below] page lists several characteristics of a new creature. It will give
you an idea of just how profound the transformation is when someone is truly born again.
Please, take the time to go through it. And as you do, ask yourself:
"Am I a new creature in Christ?"
"Do I possess these characteristics?"
"Am I truly born again?"
THE NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST HAS. . . .
IF You were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven? The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).
BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps
you from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God," Isa. 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;" Rom. 3:23.
And Jesus, referring to sinners, said that He:
"shall send forth his angels, and they shall
gather out of his kingdom all things that offend,
and them which do iniquity [sinners];
And shall cast them into
a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing
and gnashing of teeth." Mat. 13:41-42
SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God: Not of works, lest any man
should boast." Eph. 2:8-9 Baptism, good deeds,
church membership, self-righteousness are all
examples of good works that cannot save you,
because: " Not by works of
righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he [Christ] saved
us," Titus 3:5.
THE ONLY WAY you can get saved
is through Jesus Christ. He said: "I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me."
(John 14:6) THAT'S WHY: "...while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us."
(Rom. 5:8-9) THEREFORE: You must REPENT
(change your mind); admit that you are a Hell
deserving sinner and can't save yourself. And
call upon Christ, and Him alone, to save you.
"if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus [REPENT], and shalt believe in thine
heart [TRUST] that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Rom. 10:9
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