22 Apr 2018

New Creation In Christ

April, 22 on the second to last Sunday of the month members of “Philadelphia” church in Izhevsk partook of the Holy Communion. Senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov preached on the birth from above. Are we – all who received Christ – a new creation or slightly transformed and improved people? In the conversation with one Pharisee Jesus said about the birth from above and without it “no one can enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). The meaning of being born from above is also revealed in the story about Cornelius. He was devout and God-fearing and he gave generously to those in need. If not him, then who could be worthy of the kingdom of God? Despite all his virtues, to become a new person Cornelius needed to hear the words of salvation about Christ.

The birth from above is necessary not to round off sharp edges in your character or to compensate for your imperfections. Its purpose is to absolutely change your essence, your way of thinking, your attitude to sin. The new that God brings into our life should spread into all our being, and we should not hinder the Holy Spirit from changing us. If we do not agree to God’s changes, we are just called Christians, and the Lord clearly says about such people in the Bible: “You must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slenderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people” (1st Corinthians 5:11). The best thing that we can do, having been born from above – from His word and the Spirit, - is to stand firm in faith and let God transform us into His image.

 Alisa Zorkina


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