A drug addict, alcoholic, sexually promiscuous person, one that uses foul language. A thief and liar. we all know people like this and we were once identified by one of these traits but the Lord saved us and our new ways follow.
2 Corinthians 5:17 GW Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.
That new way of living is by the commandments of God via His Holy Spirit. Once you’ve confessed Jesus as Lord and savior, believing in your heart, you are a brand new creature born again by water and the spirit.
John 3:2-5 KJV The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Matthew Henry wrote :
Nicodemus was afraid, or ashamed to be seen with Christ, therefore came in the night. When religion is out of fashion, there are many Nicodemites. But though he came by night, Jesus bid him welcome, and hereby taught us to encourage good beginnings, although weak. And though now he came by night, yet afterward he owned Christ publicly. He did not talk with Christ about state affairs, though he was a ruler, but about the concerns of his own soul and its salvation, and went at once to them. Our Saviour spoke of the necessity and nature of regeneration or the new birth, and at once directed Nicodemus to the source of holiness of the heart. Birth is the beginning of life; to be born again, is to begin to live anew, as those who have lived much amiss, or to little purpose. We must have a new nature, new principles, new affections, new aims. By our first birth we were corrupt, shapen in sin; therefore we must be made new creatures. No stronger expression could have been chosen to signify a great and most remarkable change of state and character. We must be entirely different from what we were before, as that which begins to be at any time, is not, and cannot be the same with that which was before. This new birth is from heaven, Joh_1:13 (see bible), and its tendency is to heaven. It is a great change made in the heart of a sinner, by the power of the Holy Spirit. It means that something is done in us, and for us, which we cannot do for ourselves. Something is wrong, whereby such a life begins as shall last for ever. We cannot otherwise expect any benefit by Christ; it is necessary to our happiness here and hereafter. What Christ speak, Nicodemus misunderstood, as if there had been no other way of regenerating and new-moulding an immortal soul, than by new-framing the body. But he acknowledged his ignorance, which shows a desire to be better informed. It is then further explained by the Lord Jesus. He shows the Author of this blessed change. It is not wrought by any wisdom or power of our own, but by the power of the blessed Spirit. We are shapen in iniquity, which makes it necessary that our nature be changed. We are not to marvel at this; for, when we consider the holiness of God, the depravity of our nature, and the happiness set before us, we shall not think it strange that so much stress is laid upon this. The regenerating work of the Holy Spirit is compared to water. It is also probable that Christ had reference to the ordinance of baptism. Not that all those, and those only, that are baptized, are saved; but without that new birth which is wrought by the Spirit, and signified by baptism, none shall be subjects of the kingdom of heaven. The same word signifies both the wind and the Spirit. The wind bloweth where it listeth for us; God directs it. The Spirit sends his influences where, and when, on whom, and in what measure and degree, he pleases. Though the causes are hidden, the effects are plain, when the soul is brought to mourn for sin, and to breathe after Christ.
The bible is pretty clear on the fact that when we are adopted into Christ we are new creatures in Him. Some preach that certain things are still okay even if we are in Christ but that is not what our Lord has said to us through His written down word.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 KJV 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 FOR HE HATH MADE HIM TO BE SIN FOR US, WHO KNEW NO SIN; THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.
Jesus was sin on our behalf so that we could become righteous. Sin should not have power over us although in little ways daily it does but thank God for conviction and understanding that we may come to a higher level of righteousness.
Our witness is that, we were once in the utter gutters of sinful living and Jesus called us out of that lifestyle into His. A life of purity and goodness in Him with the help of the Spirit.
If we say to someone that their living in sin is okay as long as they love we are witnesses of a gospel that has no power and the very fact that God has saved us from sin through Christ is the richness of the gospel of Christ i believe that it IS more-less the gospel because Jesus became us, knowing sin, living perfectly, giving His life and rising again to life that we may do so in the spirit and live a great life in Him free from sin.
As believers in the gospel we should be honest in our stand against transgression. For the betterment of those that are struggling with things we must repeat the reality of Gods love for them and that He desires their righteousness by faith. We live by faith, not by what we see. We trust in the Lord that through our prayer life and meditation on the Word He will began the process in us of shaving off out sin nature. There are desires that are taken a way immediately from some and from others it’s a very long process and I believe it depends on how deeply rooted the sin is. Yet God is gracious and if you do you part of crying out to Him in prayer and reading His word, He will meet your needs. Holiness is available to all who confess the Lord Jesus. It takes time, patience and a real desire for Him. Let us not render Jesus a Savior that does not care if you commit sin it grieves our Lord because His work on the Cross gave us access to sanctification, righteousness and holiness all by faith in Him. Romans 6:1-4 KJV What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Do we really recognize the power that is in the gospel of Jesus?
Do we know how much He did for us?, He gave his life not just at the cross but he lived His whole life for us .
Jesus meets us where we are but his agenda is to take us up higher not become flexable to our sins. He is our example of righteousnes. He is Love , He is the truth