"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
Butterflies have always been so fascinating to me. They are beautiful and mysterious. It is in their design to undergo a complete transformation that was written within them all along. How they once experienced life is changed forever. To me, this has always been a beautiful picture of being made new in Christ.
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world…Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:1-5
By the grace of God, we are on a journey of renewal - a daily transformation that reflects more and more the Image of Christ; growing in maturity and learning to love God with everything. It is a process. It is a joy. It is refining, and it is happening through the Holy Spirit, from the inside-out. To say, 'anyone in Christ is a new creation' - what amazing grace!
May this necklace serve as an encouragement on your journey. Because of Jesus' perfect atonement on the Cross, anyone who in is in Christ is a new creation. They are continually, "being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory" (2 Corin. 3:18).
Praise God for a grace that not only saves but brings change