You Can Become A New Creation
"Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help." Psalm 146:3 When a person comes to the Lord, he is coming out of the world of darkness and sin. It is revealed to him just how fallen he is and how fallen is the world he is coming out of, and that is usually shocking. He learns that he was born into this very fallen world, to fallen parents, into a fallen and wicked society, and all that he knows is tainted by the fallenness of it all. All has been corrupted. He has been saddled with a huge weight of "baggage," he is bound in chains, the result of his interactions with the fallen world. He is weighed down, hurt, crushed, hopeless, and helpless, and all he has to look forward to is more of the same. He is a prisoner, helplessly bound by the chains that bind him. But when he is born again into the Kingdom of God, the believer discovers a whole new world. Instead of being brought low by the fallenness of the world around him, he finds he has been born into a world whose God is a God of love, of healing and of deliverance, a very personal God. Though he comes with a load of baggage, he finds he has come to the Healer and Deliverer who begins a deep work of restoration. Little by little the chains are broken and little by little the prisoner is set free. vs 8: "The Lord opens the eyes of the blind, the Lord raises those who are bowed down." A person new in the Lord is surprised that suddenly he can see what he never was able to see before. Those things that were closed to him, the Word of God which he could not understand - is now opened to him through the eyes of the Spirit of God who teaches him and reveals truth to him that he had no idea of. It is the beginning of a journey of learning and growth that will last for the rest of his life. Though he reads the Bible from beginning to end, still more is unfolded to him the next time around. It is forever new as more and more light is shed upon it. In the Word of God he finds life, and that - more abundantly. It changes everything. "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 As the new believer begins walking with the Lord, he sees a transformation of his whole being. First, the Lord will "preach the Gospel to the poor," as his eyes are newly opened to see. And then in Christ he finds healing for his broken heart. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed;" Luke 4:18 We come out of the world a broken people, and we find that the love of God contains restoration and healing as the Lord moves from one wound within to another, and heals and soothes and changes everything. Christ breaks the chains of those things that held us captive, and sets the prisoner free. The Lord proclaims liberty as he restores sight to the one blinded by the darkness and lies of the world. In Christ one will find freedom from what has oppressed him and tormented him and driven him. Yes, in Christ is the totality of salvation, not only the ticket out of hell, but the healing of all that the fallen world did to the captive. When a person is born again, all is made new. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17 If you are broken, if you are weighted down, if you are carrying a load of baggage, bring it all to the Lord Jesus Christ your creator, and surrender your life to him. He will receive you no matter what is in your past. The judgment on all your sin he has taken upon himself as he was crucified on a bloody cross bearing that judgment in your place. With his blood you will be made clean - for some, clean for the first time in their life. Yes, the blood of Jesus is that powerful. And the heart of God that merciful. He has drawn you for a long time but you didn't come because Satan put excuses into your mind, Satan LIED to you about God. Turn from Satan now, turn from the corrupt world now, and surrender all that you are and all that makes up your life to the One who gave you life, and he will make you whole. More: What Is The Born-Again Experience?