Paul New Man
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17).
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” – (Eph.4:22-24).
Actor Paul Newman died
He should have obeyed Paul the apostle who was the original Paul New man, and the best example of this heart change that takes place when you’re born again in Christ. The apostle Paul was our pattern – “…that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should here after believe on him to life everlasting” – (I Tim.1:15,16). Paul’s old man died spiritually with Christ on the cross when he was saved – (Rom.6:6,7) and Paul the new man was born again – he became a new creature in Christ. He was permanently changed into a holy creature instantly. He changed instantly from antichrist to Christ; from a murderous persecutor of Christians, to a preacher of the gospel of Christ.
And that’s why his name changed also. His old man’s name was the Hebrew Saul and his new man’s name became the Gentile Paul and he became the apostle to the Gentiles. A new name for a new creature in Christ. And every born again believer will one day receive a new name also – “…I will write upon him my new name” – (Rev.3:12). Again – “And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their forehead” – (Rev.22:4). We shall wear our Savior’s name and our Father’s name in our foreheads for all eternity. A new name for a new creature who’s a part of the family of God. And the ungodly will soon wear Antichrist’s name in their forehead.
The old man is the man of old, the man we used to be before we got saved and born again. The old man is all that I once was as an unsaved person. That old man is dead; he has disappeared and is buried in the cross of Christ.
Jesus said – “That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” – (Jn.3:6,7). Again – “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” – (Jn.1:12,13). Again – “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” – (I Pet.1:23).
You are born the first time, a fleshly birth of your earthly father, which is a corruptible dying body of corruptible seed. We must be born again of our heavenly Father of incorruptible seed that will give us an eternal, incorruptible, heavenly body. When we believe the gospel seed, it is germinated in us and produces a spiritual birth that lasts forever. One day we will have our billionth birthday party – PTL Jesus.
Yes, there is a real change in someone who is truly saved, he becomes a new creature in Christ, he’s born again. Old things pass away and all things become new. There’s a drastic change in his life – there are no exceptions. If you’re not a new spiritual creature; if you’re not truly born again; if you’ve not been converted and changed instantly, you’re not “in Christ.” You’re not truly saved, you’re outside of Christ. You may be baptized with water and a member of a church made with hands, but you’ve never been baptized by the Holy Spirit into the true church not made with hands. You’re never become a whole different and new person with – “A new heart and a new spirit” – (Ezk.18:31).
Jesus said – “Ye M-U-S-T be born again.” You will never go to heaven, and you’re destined for hell, unless you’re born again in Christ. You need to become a whole different person that even you, yourself must get to know. God reaches down into your deepest part, into your spirit, and recreates you into something new. He uses His Word which is sharper than a surgeon’s scalpel and pierces between the soul and the spirit – (Heb.4:12). God creates within you “the new man,” a holy and righteous man – (Col.3:10).
Be saved and born again today. Repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sin and become a new creature in Christ destined for heaven and eternal life. Don’t be a loser like actor Paul Newman, be a winner like Paul New Man, the apostle. “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son” – (I Jn.5:11). Become a newborn babe in Christ and grow unto eternal life.
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