Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. -2 Corinthians 5:17
“Oh that I were a new man in Christ Jesus; oh that I might begin a new life!”
Some of you would like to begin a new life-some of you reprobates, who have gone far away! Well, poor mortal, thou mayest. “How?” sayest thou. Why, if thou art a new man in Christ Jesus thou wilt begin again. A Christian is as much a new man as if he had been no man at all before; the old creature is dethroned, he is a new creature, born again, and starting on a new existence. Poor soul! God can make thee a new man. God the Holy Spirit can build a new house out of thee, with neither stick nor stone of the old man in it, and He can give thee a new heart, a new spirit, new pleasures new happiness, new prospects, and at last give thee a new heaven. “But,” says one “I feel that I want these things; but may I have them?” Guess whether you may have them, when I tell you-“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.” It does not say it is worthy of some acceptation, but it is worthy of all the acceptation you will ever give it. If you now say, “Jesus came into the world to save sinners, I believe He did! I know He did; He came to save me,” you will find it “worthy of all acceptation.” You say still, “But will He save me?” I will give you another passage: “Whosoever cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out.” Ah! but I do not know whether I may come! “Whosoever,” it saith. “Him that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out.” “Whosoever will, let him come,” it is written. Dost thou will? I only speak to such as will, who know their need of a Saviour. Dost thou will? Then God the Holy Spirit says, “Whosoever will, let him come, and take the water of life freely.”
The feeble, the guilty, the weak, the forlorn,
In coming to Jesus shall not meet with scorn;
But He will receive them, and bless them, and save
From death and destruction, from hell and the grave.
-and He will lift them up to His kingdom of glory. God so grant it; for His name’s sake. ~ C.H. Spurgeon