“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
God is calling all to repent. The word repent is often misunderstood. Many people believe that repent means ‘to feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin’. This is true, but if someone is truly repentant then they will take action to turn with contrition from sin to God. To repent is to turn 180 degrees away from your old life…. so that means that if you say sorry to God for your sins but then carry on exactly as though you’re not sorry, then you have not repented. Therefore you are not in Christ and are not a new creation. Old things have not gone and nothing has changed. You never repented.
The word repentance is metanoia in the Greek, which means ‘change of mind’ that leads to metamorphosis. Becoming a new creation is the miraculous end result of repentance.
Be sure to repent!
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
The word here translated “transformed” is the Greek metamorphoo, from which we get the English term “metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is a change from one type of thing into another type of thing. We apply this word to caterpillars turning into beautiful butterflies. It is the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages.
Romans 12:2 indicates that transfiguration/ transformation comes through the renewing of one’s mind. It therefore means: ‘Go on being continually transfigured (more and more, day by day).’ This comes by the constant renewing of our minds.
We need to be transformed internally and not just externally. The word assures us that if we are in Christ then we are a new creation. When we surrender to Christ and allow him to change us from within, we experience a radical change; a new attitude, a new perspective and a new way of thinking. Our desires change.
The crawling caterpillar becomes a chrysalis, and within the shell of the chrysalis God does something amazing. The caterpillar would not be present if you were to cut open the shell as it dissolves into a soupy paste. Within the outer shell the caterpillar paste is miraculously reshaped by our creator into a beautiful butterfly with all its internal organs, tissues, legs, proboscis and wings. The caterpillar is not transformed by growing wings and a proboscis but it actually changes form. It is a new creature, changed inwardly which is present outwardly.
This creature has been made into something extremely beautiful and free… why continue to slither on leaves and eat bitter leaves when you can fly free, drinking sweet nectar with no trace of the former ugliness?
As Christians whom God has shown Grace, we must not revert to the former self. The transformed caterpillar will no longer want to munch on leaves. Once transformed, it will spend the rest of its life drinking nectar and frolicking in the sun.
God wants to transform us and he is offering us the warmth of the Son of righteousness. We must ensure that we drink of the sweet nectar of the word and never look back.
We have free will – so the choice is ours.
Unrepentant lost ugly sinful creature Vs Born again, set free and saved by Grace