THE RESULT OF THE NEW LIFE

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“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”
2 Corinthians 5:17

Christianity isn’t ‘foundationally’ about what you do but about who you are.

‘Doing good’ isn’t what makes you a Christian. You are a Christian because you believe in Jesus, who in response to your faith, has made you a new man with new desires by His Spirit.

In other words, instead of the popular notion: “I must do good to be a Christian”, the truth is, I can do good because I am a Christian.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:10

Christianity isn’t a lifestyle, but a life that has a lifestyle. It is a new nature you receive when the Holy Ghost comes to dwell in you.

However, when you receive the life of God, your lifestyle is influenced for the better. A righteous lifestyle is a result, not the prerequisite for being a Christian.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9

Your lifestyle proves that you have received the life of God, but it isn’t the life of God in itself.

Friend, there is a huge difference between striving for righteousness ‘to be’ (or keep being) a child of God and striving for righteousness ‘because’ you are a child of God.

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
Philippians 2:13

Recognizing who you are in Christ empowers you to effortlessly produce fruits of righteousness, consistent with the nature of righteousness that you have received as a gift.

SAY THIS:
I have the life of God in me. I am a new creature in Christ. God works in me to do His good pleasure. Hallelujah!

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