2 Corinthians 5:17
Romans 6:1-11
“Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature …”
Sadly, while there be many who profess to be Christians, yet some may seem to live no differently from the rest of the world. Their outlook is one that is carnal. They are still pursuing worldly interests and lusts. And in excuse, they proclaim, “Let us continue to sin that grace may abound” (cf. Rom 6:1). Where is the evidence of transformation that ought to characterise one who is truly born again?
On the other hand, consider the example of Augustine who used to lead a lascivious life before he truly knew Christ as his Saviour. One day, he met a wanton woman whose company he used to enjoy. This lady, recognising him from afar, began calling out to him, “Augustine, Augustine, it is I!” Upon hearing her voice, he shuddered, and quickly ran away, saying, “It is not I! It is not I!” He was anxious to not have anything to do with his old life.
Another testimony comes from the ministry of Dr John Sung. When people heard the preaching of the gospel and believed, they smashed their wine bottles, threw away their cigarettes and destroyed their gambling paraphernalia. Those who stole returned the money. Rev Timothy Tow testified of the John Sung days, saying:
“… I can recollect those who, like Father, were delivered from their smoking habit. Delivered not only from cigarettes but also delivered from opium. Opium-smoking was a particular social evil of the Chinese race. … It was said of them that they would rather eat ‘black rice’ than white rice. What a manifestation of the total depravity of the human heart. Praise the Lord, I saw one of these scrawny opium smokers rise up to testify to the saving power of God with a new gleam in his eyes.” As new creatures in Christ Jesus, let us have nothing to do with our old sin-plagued life. We should instead put on the new man, and aspire after a life of righteousness and true holiness. May your life truly be a new life in Christ!
THOUGHT: “New life in Christ, Abundant and Free”!
PRAYER: Help me to serve righteousness and not sin, O Father.