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Saving Faith

Published 3/10/2020.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-19

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”

Reflect

How do we become a new creation in Christ?

Considering the importance of a thriving relationship that develops over time, and understanding that religious rituals and practices can’t save us, I have been wrestling with some difficult questions about what makes someone a sincere Christian.

I mean, think about this: Are we mistaken and even misled in counting people saved who have not allowed their relationship to take hold and grow? And what about someone who has never experienced meaningful changes in his or her life?

Say, for example, a man commits his heart to Christ and yet continues in a sexual relationship with a woman he isn’t married to. (We know what the Bible says about sexual sin.) And what if this same man hasn’t demonstrated any changes in his life? He doesn’t pray or read his Bible, he doesn’t attend church. What if, after praying that prayer of salvation, he hasn’t really done anything to grow closer to Christ? Perhaps his life is the same as it was before.

Is he really a Christian?

These are questions that the church has been debating for centuries. So, I guess the answers depend upon your theology. Thankfully, though, God is the final judge—not us. He knows who is sincere in their faith. Yet in my life, I have met some desperate people (both inside and outside the church). And I’ve witnessed real victory over addiction and sin. Through it all, the words of 2 Corinthians 5:17 ring loudly in my ears: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.”

Pray

Lord Jesus, I want my faith to be real. I don’t ever want to just go through the motions. Help me to know You intimately. Amen.


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a year ago
Love the Lord with all my heart
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a year ago
I wonder how being new creation in Christ build a relationship with God. This give a new light on our relationship with other believers in Christ through God really broaden the whole relationship into view of how our Christian life with other believers really have meaning, thank you Bryan for the insight on this matter is Christian are truly set apart.
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a year ago
Thank you for this word in season and timely reminder of what it is to be a new creation in Christ Jesus. A transformation takes place, my mind is renewed daily, and things I used to do, I do no more!

Jesus, thank You for the free gift of salvation, and the transforming work You are doing in my life, by making me a new creation in You. Help me to be intentional in loving and serving always.
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a year ago
I to have experiences with other people throughout my walk with an in Christ recently 1 betrayed me and didn't hold of their word it cost me alot but God saw me through it it makes you wonder as you say whether or not they're real or if they're just playing the game slots of scriptures made me aware that they were wolves in Lamb's clothing but in the end I am not their judge thank you for this message I appreciate having it, enjoy revisiting having a refreshing of this knowledge Within Me it keeps me focused thank you
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a year ago
I've wondered the same thing. I see so many complacent Christians. They are missing out on so much more that the Holy Spirit has in store for them.
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