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The Great Change: A Gospel Reminder

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Introduction

Imagine that you are all sitting in here waiting on the Sunday service to begin and nobody has seen me all morning. People have texted me, called me and there has been no response. You all decide that you should probably have some kind of a service while others look to find me. Then about 10:40 A.M., I stroll in ready to start the service. You all ask me where I have been, but I will not say until I reach the pulpit. At this point, I tell you that I got hit by a dump truck and that is while I am late. As you listen to me explain in detail what happened and how I got hit by this truck on the side of the road, you notice that there are no visible marks on my body. There are no bruises, scratches or cut. You also notice that my clothes are in order and neatly pressed. In your mind, you know that it is absolutely impossible for one to get hit by a dump truck on the side of road and there be no damage. It simply does not happen.
Last week, we had a gospel reminder about the Great Exchange from , today we are going to take another look at a gospel reminder. I am calling this the Great Change. Simply stated, one cannot be a Christian without a change taking place in their life. I am praying that all will be encouraged to examine themselves to see if they have truly become a Christian and if so, that we would be encouraged to live from the reality of a changed life.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
PRAY

A Change of Location

Therefore - In this case, the therefore is referring to the previous phrase that declares a new way of understanding Jesus the Messiah. Paul and the apostolic band is not longer thinking about Christ is a carnal fallen way, the manner he describes as “according to the flesh”. With that he explains how this change of thinking has come about.
If anyone is in Christ - Paul is referring to a condition. The condition is if a person is “in Christ”. In Christ is a primary way that Paul uses to describe being a Christian or follower of Christ. It is his way of identifying all the connection, identification and blessings that a believer has with Christ as their Savior and Lord. It marks a separation from life in Adam and his fallenness.
Colossians 3:3 ESV
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

The expression “in Christ” sums up as briefly and as profoundly as possible the inexhaustible significance of man’s redemption. It speaks of security in Him who has Himself borne in his own body the judgment of God against our sin; it speaks of acceptance in Him with whom alone God is well pleased; it speaks of assurance for the future in Him who is the Resurrection and the Life; it speaks of the inheritance of glory in Him who, as the only-begotten Son, is the sole heir of God; it speaks of participation in the divine nature in Him who is the everlasting Word; it speaks of knowing the truth, and being free in that truth, in Him who Himself is the Truth. All this, and very much more than can ever be expressed in human language, is meant by being “in Christ.

There is no condemnation for us ()
We can never be separated from God’s love ()
We have wisdom from God ()
We have wisdom from God ()
Our labor is not in vain ()
We have every spiritual blessing ()
We become God’s children ()
We have every spiritual blessing ()
We have the forgiveness of sins ()
We are for the praise of his glory ()
We are for the praise of his glory ()
We’ve been given the incomparable riches of God’s grace ()
We’ve been given the incomparable riches of God’s grace ()
We may approach God with freedom and confidence ()
We may approach God with freedom and confidence ()
We may approach God with freedom and confidence ()
Our joy overflows ()
Our joy overflows ()
All our needs are met according to his glorious riches ()
We have our hope of glory ()
All things hold together ()
We have our hope of glory ()
We are rooted and built up ()
Are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge for us ()
We are rooted and built up ()
We can give thanks in all circumstances ()
We come into reality ()
Our life is now hidden ()
We will rise from the dead ()
We can give thanks in all circumstances ()
We have the promise of life ()
We can gain an excellent standing and great assurance ()
We have the promise of life ()

A Change of Existence

He is a new creation - New creation. Paul uses radical, powerful language to describe what happens to a person when they become a Christian. The impact of becoming of follower of Christ is likened unto the creation of the all that has been made. Think about how much was different from day zero to day six. Everything was different. So, it is with everyone in Christ. Everything is different. Everything is new.
Ephesians 2:10 ESV
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
John 3:3 ESV
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 6:15 ESV
For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Everyone who is in Christ becomes a new creature. The word new refers to a qualitative newness. One who is in Christ has become something absolutely different from what they once were. One writer describes this newness, “When a person becomes a Christian, he or she experiences a total restructuring of life that alters its whole fabric - thinking, feeling, willing, and acting.”
Everyone who is in Christ becomes a new creature. The word new refers to a qualitative newness. One who is in Christ has become something absolutely different from what they once were. One writer describes this newness, “When a person becomes a Christian, he or she experiences a total restructuring of life that alters its whole fabric - thinking, feeling, willing, and acting.”
Paul continues to describe the person that is in Christ.
The word new refers to a qualitative newness. One who is in Christ has become something absolutely different from what they once were.
Romans 6:6 ESV
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

A Change of Permanence

Ephesians 4:22–24 ESV
to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Romans 6:6
Colossians 3:9–10 ESV
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
Paul continues to describe the person that is in Christ.
The old has passed away - Old desire, ways, actions, dreams, longings, loves, understandings have disappeared and disintegrated. This is the old man that was dominated by the sinful nature, the world and the Devil. This old man has vanished and no longer exists. This is the old man that is apart from the life of God in the Spirit.
One commentator writes, “The past was dead to him, as dead as Christ on his cross, all its ideas, all its hopes, all its ambitions were dead in Christ, he was another man in another universe.”
Romans 6:6 ESV
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
R.C.H. Lenski writes, “The entire mass of the old things is discarded.” It is said of Augustine when he returned to his hometown after his conversion in Milan, his former girlfriend called to him: “Augustine, Augustine, it is I!” He turned to her and said: “Yes, but it is not I.” Where there is no radical change of attitude toward life and self, there is no conversion.

A Change to a

Behold - Look! See! Observe!
Linda L. Belleville, 2 Corinthians, vol. 8, The IVP New Testament Commentary Series (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996), .
Behold - Look! See! Observe!
The new has come - In place of the old things that have passed away, there are new realities present. God has given to the one in Christ new a new heart, desires, longings and more. The word translated has come is a perfect tense in the Greek. Why is this important? It is important because it means that the new things that have come are here and happened in the past, but the new things that have come have a remaining reality or a lasting result.

Practical Application:

Practical Application:

1) Can you say in all honesty that you have become a new creation in Christ?
Galatians 6:15 ESV
For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
Suppose for a moment that you were allowed to enter heaven without holiness (becoming a NC). What would you do? What possible enjoyment could you feel there? To which of all the saints would you join yourself and by whose side would you sit? Their pleasures are not your pleasures, their tastes are not your tastes, their character not your character. How could you possibly be happy, if you had not been holy on earth?
Now perhaps you love the company of the light and careless, the worldly-minded and the covetous, the reveler and the pleasure-seeker, the ungodly and the profane. There will be none such in heaven.
Now perhaps you think the saints of God too strict and particular and serious. You rather avoid them. You have no delight in their society. There will be no other company in heaven.
Now perhaps you think praying and Scripture reading, and hymn singing, dull and melancholy and stupid work, a thing to be tolerated now and then, but not enjoyed. You reckon the Sabbath (Lord’s Day) a burden and a weariness; you could not possibly spend more than a small part of it in worshipping God. But remember, heaven is a never-ending Sabbath. The inhabitants thereof rest not day and night, saying, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty," and singing the praise of the Lamb. How could an unholy man find pleasure in occupation such as this?
I know not what others may think, but to me it does seem clear that heaven would be a miserable place to an unholy (No NC) man. It cannot be otherwise. People may say, in a vague way, they "hope to go to heaven", but they do not consider what they say... We must be heavenly-minded, and have heavenly tastes, in the life that now is, or else we shall never find ourselves in heaven, in the life to come.
I know not what others may think, but to me it does seem clear that heaven would be a miserable place to an unholy man. It cannot be otherwise. People may say, in a vague way, they "hope to go to heaven", but they do not consider what they say... We must be heavenly-minded, and have heavenly tastes, in the life that now is, or else we shall never find ourselves in heaven, in the life to come.
And now, before I go any further, let me say a few words, by way of application. For one thing, let me ask everyone who may read these pages, are you holy? Listen, I pray you, to the question I put to you this day. Do you know anything of the holiness (NC) of which I have been speaking?
I do not ask whether you attend your church regularly, whether you have been baptized, and received the Lord's Supper, whether you have the name of Christian. I ask something more than all this: are you holy (a NC), or are you not?
I do not ask whether you approve of holiness (the NC) in others, whether you like to read the lives of holy people and to talk of holy things, and to have on your table holy books, whether you mean to be holy, and hope you will be holy some day. I ask something further: are you yourself holy this very day, or are you not?
2) Christian, are you enjoying and experiencing the lasting benefits of the new creation?
Ephesians 4:17–24 ESV
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Colossians
Colossians 3:5–10 ESV
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
Colossians 3:1–10 ESV
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
Colossians 3:9–10 ESV
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
Colossians 3:
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