Key Scriptures for this study are:
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
- 2 Corinthians 6:17-18
- Romans 12:2
- 1 John 2:15-17
- Galatians 1:4
In last week’s lesson, we learned about how to be born again. After taking the steps to repent and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, we will now learn what it means to be a Christian.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
- When we accept Jesus as our personal Savior, we become new creatures in Him.
- Being a new creature means we are wholly and totally changed from the inside out.
- The things that we once had an interest in and had a desire to do will be gone (apart of our past before Christ).
- Once we become a born again (saved) Christian, our sins have been washed away and we are no longer bound to them because Christ has saved us from their chains.
- Once we become saved, there should be a change within us and within our lives.
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 says, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” “And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
- The moment we become saved, we become separate from the world.
- What does the Bible mean when it speaks of being separate from the world?
- The word “world” has 3 meanings attached to it in the bible.
- The first meaning of the word world is talking about creation.
- The second meaning of the word world is talking about the people of this world who God loved so much that He sent His Only Son to die for.
- The third meaning of the word world is talking about the cosmos (the entire world system) which is headed by Satan and is ran by sin. This is the world that Christ warns Christians about and teaches us to not be a part of the sin within it.
- When we become Christians, we begin to live our lives pleasing to Christ and not pleasing to this world.
- To be a Christian sets us apart from those in the world who are not Christians. This separation is seen through our morals, our actions, and our desires.
Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
- We are to conform our minds and our daily activities to Christ.
- Being conformed to Christ is a daily activity and commitment that we must do if we want to stay saved.
- We are not to take part in the same activities we did before becoming saved. We must also not participate in the same sinful things that those of the world (those who aren’t saved) are doing.
- Our actions and our morals must be pleasing to Christ now instead of pleasing to the world.
- Christians are called to holy, righteous living.
- Jesus Christ is our example on how to live a life free from sin.
1 John 2:15-17 says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
- As Christians, we are not to love the world (the sin in it) or do the things of this world (sinful acts: i.e., cussing, drinking, lying, envying, being prideful, going places we shouldn’t go, etc.)
- Satan tempts Christians in three ways: “lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.”
- Lust of the flesh means- gratifying physical desires like sexual sins, gluttony, jealousy, uncontrollable tempers, alcohol assumption, drunkenness, envy, rivalries, etc.
- Lust of the eyes means- the desire for more, for better, and newer possessions that will eventually harden our hearts to the things of God and His goodness to us.
- Pride of life means- obsession with one’s status or importance. The pride of life keeps us separated from being servants and children of Christ because we are exalting (praising ourselves and our lives) instead of exalting and praising Christ for what all He has done and will do for us.
- We are to deny ourselves and pick up our crosses to follow Christ.
- Christians are to love Christ, be separate from the world, and follow after Christ’s holiness and righteousness.
- We cannot follow after Christ and be like Christ if we are still doing things of this world (sinful things) or not letting go of certain sins.
- The bible is clear on sin and that is, it has no place in a Christian’s life.
- If we live our lives pleasing to the word of God and pleasing to Christ, then we have the promise of eternal life one day. We have something better to look forward to.
Galatians 1:4 says, “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”
- It is important to remember what Christ did for us.
- It is important to remember where Christ has brought us from.
- Christ died a brutal death on the cross for us, so that we could be saved FROM sin, not so that we could continue to keep sinning and being like the world.
- Now that we are delivered from our sins (saved), we should live within the likeness of Christ.
- Our actions should be pleasing to Christ.
- Our words should be pleasing to Christ.
- What we do and where we go should be pleasing to Christ.
Being a Christian is not a long list of “thou shalt nots”. The world would have Christians believe that holy, Christian living is not normal or possible. But what Christianity is, is a life full of joy that comes straight from the throne of God. Christianity mirrors Christ, it mirrors His actions, it mirrors His characteristics, and it mirrors His love. Our lives must be a reflection of Christ and that is possible if we stay reading God’s word, studying God’s word, praying daily, and staying separate from the sins of this world.