I read about a rather unbelievable incident where a young married man forgot that he was married. After returning from their honeymoon, the husband was three hours late getting home from work one evening because he absentmindedly had gone to his mother’s house instead of going home to his new bride (reported in “Our Daily Bread,” June, 1982). Here’s a tip for young husbands: Do not forget that you are married!
Romans 6:8 says it clearly: “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.”
Galatians 2:20, New King James Version (NKJV):
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
When we invited Jesus Christ to come into our lives, The Holy Spirit made His dwelling in us. We are now the Temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
These are all tremendous truths that we need to meditate on.
Growing up in the Philippines, I looked forward to Christmas Day because that’s when we wore our new clothes and shoes! I felt like a million bucks! There’s a certain swagger that comes with wearing something new or even riding something new like a new car. We all like to have something new. A new bag for the ladies, a new house, a new toy for the kids… all of these bring a measure of happiness.
Imagine his joy when the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians and penned these famous words:
2 Corinthians 5:17, New King James Version (NKJV): 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
When Paul wrote this, he was probably thinking about the change that happened in his own life. Imagine that he used to be known as Saul. A self-proclaimed opposer of the Christian faith, he would look for Christians and actually have them killed or captured. Because of his religious background (i.e., a son of a Pharisee, taught under Gamaliel) he could not stand the Christians and made it his passion in life to go after them In fact, he gave the go ahead for the stoning of Stephen who became the first martyr for the faith.
In Acts 9, Saul had an encounter with the Risen Lord.
9 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Saul encountered the Lord in Damascus and was never the same again. This same person became a new man afterwards. Instead of going after the Christians, Saul became one of them and became known as Paul and became the greatest missionary of all time.
When Paul wrote these words he meant and understood every word he was saying.
Whatever bad things he had done and wrong decisions he had made in his old life are now superseded by his new life in Christ. The “Old” has passed away and the new has come.
In the writings of Paul, he would always refer to the “Old Life” as something that is useless, worn out and irrelevant. But boy, was he so excited about the new life.
I heard a sermon recently that said that God doesn’t want to pastor the old man anymore. Jesus already paid the price for sin and we became a new Creature because of what Jesus had done on the cross. Our inner man has been renewed.
Let’s end this article with more good news:
2 Cor 4:16: Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though the outward man is perishing, yet the inward MAN IS BEING RENEWED DAY BY DAY.
Pastor Chito Cordero is Senior Pastor of Word International Ministries in Los Angeles located or WIN LA at 530 Benton Way in L.A Ca 90057. For comments, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. or wordinternational.com.