Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
I love getting new clothes, don’t you? When I get a new suit, I like to make sure it is well coordinated with shoes and accessories so that it is distinctly different from other outfits I have owned.
According to 2 Corinthian 5:17, when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, not only are you a new creation, you put off old habits and put away the behaviors that identified you in your former life, and you put on a new suit of righteous behaviors that distinctly set you apart from your former life.
How can you recognize the difference between who you were in your former life and who you are in Jesus Christ? The Apostle Paul encouraged believers to conduct themselves in humility, gentleness, patience, love and peace. He offers a great ‘before’ and ‘after’ comparison in Ephesians Chapter 4. You can identify those differences in the chart below.
|Before Christ||5||4||3||2||1||1||2||3||4||5||After Christ|
|Living a life of hopelessness||Living in righteousness and holiness|
|Angry; bitter; quarrelsome||Self-controlled|
|Intolerant; uncaring||Compassionate; kindhearted|