"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Iremember a lady whom I had the opportunity to lead to faith in Christ many years ago. This was not a person who had grown up in church, and she had no knowledge of the Bible. I remember seeing her about a week after she had been saved, and I said to her, "So, how's everything going?" I'll never forget her response: "I feel like a brand new person! It's like the old me is just gone, and I've been made brand new!" I said to her, "Do you realize that you practically quoted a verse from the Bible?" She had never read
2 Corinthians 5:17, but she expressed the thought in that verse so well.
Friend, when you were saved, God didn't just fix you up. He didn't put some sort of spiritual band-aid on your heart. The Lord actually made you brand new. You're not who you once were. We still look the same, our voice sounds the same, but the old things have passed away. Our old self has been crucified with Christ (Romans 6:6), we have been born again (John 3:3). Everything has become new!
This morning, give thanks to God for His grace in your life. Jesus Christ willingly bled and died on a Roman cross paying for our sins. He was buried and rose from the dead. All of that so that we could have our sin forgiven, be assured of heaven, and be made "a brand new person," to the glory of our great God.