“Lie not to one another, having put off the old man with his practices, and having put on the new, which is renewed in regard to knowledge, after the image of Him who did create him.” Col. 3:9-10
Following conversion, a Christian navigates the world through the lens of scripture which unveils the true nature of reality. His mind is renewed, illuminating both the lies that had bound him to the world and the grace which liberated him from it. Wave upon wave of truth drives the Christian into deeper faithfulness to God who has purchased his life at the price of the life of Jesus, God’s only begotten Son. The sins associated with the old man are replaced with the character traits associated with the new man — blamelessness, holiness and righteousness.
“he who is believing in the Son, hath life age-during [eternal]; and he who is not believing the Son, shall not see life, but the wrath of God doth remain upon him” John 3:36
The good news of the Gospel is that the bad news of sin has been conquered on the cross for those who place their faith in Jesus. The bad news of sin is that since the fall of Adam, all men have been at enmity with God and deserving of his eternal wrath. Jesus lived the sinless life that men could not and was sacrificed as their substitute on the cross, bearing the wrath that they deserved. By God’s grace men are saved through their faith that on the cross their sin was imputed to Jesus while Jesus’ righteousness is imputed unto them. They then go forward in undeserved new life to God’s glory.
“But I make account of none of these, neither do I count my life precious to myself, so that I finish my course with joy, and the ministration that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify fully the good news of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
Around the time I memorized my first verse of scripture, Acts 20:24, I was burdened deeply to pray that God would make my life unexplainable apart from Himself. My hope was that I would be used as an instrument in such a way that even men with hearts of stone could not deny that I had encountered the living God and that His power resulted in an extraordinary transformation of my life.
God’s answer to this prayer over the past several years has changed my understanding of the Christian life in such a way that I am compelled to write out my thoughts of what I have learned and continue to learn. My hope is that God will use these writings to draw myself and others more closely to Himself and elucidate the truth that “The righteous by faith shall live.”.