“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new” – 2Corinthians 5:17
LIGHT FOR NOW: You have a divine nature.
The new creature came from the word and thus will find his reality in the word. The born again man has a new DNA; it is the DNA of God. You were not changed, neither were you improved; you were created anew in Christ. A change of character or behavior is not a requirement to be a new creature; you are a new creature by faith in Christ. To say that the new creature is one who changed his character is being work conscious and portraying the new creature as man’s work. It is not man’s work; rather, it is God’s work accomplished in Christ which a man now believes in and totally becomes that accomplished work. The question now is, why then did Paul say “old things are passed away”, what did he mean? Was he referring to former bad habits, character, lifestyle or behavior passing away? The answer is No; Paul was not referring to old bad habits passing away. Paul explained “the old things that have passed away” in 2Corinthians 3:1-18 as the law of Moses; the ministration of death and condemnation; the letter that killeth, which was written with ink in tables of stone. Paul was not talking about habits or character traits but the Law of Moses.
The next question is, what about the bad habits one had before he got born again, won’t it change? Of course, bad habits will change but the changing of bad character traits is not at the point of salvation; rather, it is after salvation. The changing of bad habits or character traits will be a product of spiritual growth. Your habits don’t change for you to be a new creature, you are already a new creature at the point of salvation (even with your bad habits/lifestyle), then you undergo spiritual growth; spiritual growth will correct behavioral lapses. This spiritual growth is undergone by feeding on God’s word, your mind is renewed.
Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:2, “…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” When your mind changes, your habits will definitely change; old habits don’t go because you got born again but because you allow the contents of your mind to renew itself. That change in thought will equal change in habit. So, the believer after being saved has a work to renew his mind by meditating on God’s word; it is upon feeding or meditating on God’s word that thoughts will change and habits follow. Therefore, you don’t change bad habits to become a new creature, neither do your bad habits change automatically because you are born again; rather, it is in the process of renewing the contents of your mind (which is a function of spiritual growth) that habits change. So, you are saved by the word, kept by the word, and your mind is renewed by the word. No wonder your reality is encapsulated in the written word.
INSTRUCTION: Meditate on the word regularly.
PRAYER: I am a partaker of the divine nature of God. And I declare that my character traits are the character traits of a new creature because your word has renewed my mind completely, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The key to changing your habits is changing your thoughts.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4