Sunday Morning Podcast August 16, 2015. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: CORINTHIANS 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
For all things to become new, it is necessary that there first be a new birth. A new birth of a beautiful life in Christ, can be likened unto a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. Our life first is of sin and the flesh, but when we repent of our sins, there is a resurrection, because God transforms us. Everything then becomes new, just as in the illustrated butterfly transformation. If we do profess to serve Christ, we need to be careful to not have a false claim, which could be defined as a head knowledge, without a lively heart conversion. Essentially a false identity.
We either have a profession, or a possession. The Lord can help us understand whether we really have been born again, with the light of God’s Word within our heart. In Romans 8:15, we read how the children of God receive that witness within their hearts “……the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father.” “For the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (Romans 8:16) This is about a witness with-in our hearts that didn’t used to be there. This will be demonstrated by now having the fruits and light of holiness, and not the darkness of sin.
Only the new birth can give spiritual light, that will separate you away from the old life of sin. Is your profession, one with a lively possession, …as in a New Birth? It can be!