…At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 NLT
WHY DON’T WE FEEL NEW?
- OUR HISTORY.
- OUR HURTS.
- OUR HABITS.
HOW ARE WE MADE NEW IN CHRIST?
1) WE ARE FORGIVEN FROM OUR PAST.
In [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Ephesians 1:7
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
2) WE ARE HEALED FROM OUR HURTS.
…[The Lord] has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Isaiah 61:1
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
3) WE ARE FREED FROM OUR HABITS.
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:21-24 NLT
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.
10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn toknow your Creator and become like him. Colossians 3:9-10 NLT
TALK IT OVER
- Describe a time when you didn’t feel new. What do you think caused your feeling?
- What does new life in Christ mean to you and feel like for you?
- What are some of the hurts and habits you’ve been healed and freed from?