Depending on what we believe, life can either be a painful struggle or a joyful experience. The world can send us jumbled messages, so it’s extremely important to filter everything we see and hear through the lens of God’s grace. Believing something that doesn’t line up with the Word puts us in spiritual bondage; having faith in what God says opens our eyes to the truth, and the truth makes us free.
Grace is the truth that sets us free, and it’s something Jesus made available for us two thousand years ago without us having to earn it. When the message we get is that we’re sinners who will never amount to anything, God’s truth tells us different. Being born again and being in Christ makes us new creations, and old things are permanently passed away. This happened with Paul, who could truthfully say he had wronged no man even after he murdered countless Christians before being born again.
We are spirits possessing souls and living in physical bodies. Our spirits became as perfect as God’s the moment we got born again. The new spiritual man inside us is created in righteousness and true holiness, and even when we commit sinful acts we’re no longer sinners because our old sinful natures are gone. If we have trouble believing this, it’s because we need transformation through the renewing of our minds.
Being born again makes us children of God by faith, and the knowledge of this transforms our lives. Our identities are rooted in Christ and, because He never changes, our identities in Him will remain the same regardless of what we do. This is true liberation and good news for all who believe.
Lord, the knowledge of our identities in You sets us free and changes our lives. Because of what Your Son did, we’re no longer bound by earthly limitations. We’re grateful and thankful for that. In Jesus’ name, amen.
- John 8:31
- John 1:17
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
- 2 Corinthians 7:2
- Acts 8:1-3
- Ephesians 4:24
- Romans 12:2
- Galatians 3:26
- Hebrews 13:8