"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed..." (Romans 12:2)
It is evident for anyone looking that we live in a fallen world. From the program line-up of our favorite network to the barrage of advertisements online, sin seems to have crept into every crevice of our lives. Yet, as those who call ourselves Christian, we are called to live differently, to live out the truth of the Gospel of Christ in word and deed. In his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul explains that living in Christ means, “… put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)”
Scripture is clear, Christ-followers are to live in the victory that Christ has already won. You see, God has already done away with our sin. He has put to death the old ways and the old man. He has crucified it. So, as Christians, we are called be intentional in putting off the ways of the fallen world, with its sin and corruption. Not only are we called to be careful to abandon the old but we must also put on the new. For you see, not only did God put to death our sin, but He imparted righteousness! By faith in the work done at the cross we not only have the old cast-off but opportunity to put on the new. This newness of life gives each the privilege to be called sons and daughter of God!
The question then arises, as a saved person, are we choosing to live in His victory?