(see Romans 6:3-4)
Live the New Life! Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
When a person accepts Christ as their Savior. Acknowledges that Jesus was the Son of God – God incarnate, God in the flesh – Who came down from Heaven to die for their sins. Admits that they are sinners, in need of that cleansing from the cross, and are helpless without the Ultimate Shepard to guide them. When they do this… their old life is over. A new life has begun.
Now, that life isn’t going to automatically look exactly opposite from their old life. As a matter of fact, the changes will gradually come through convictions and an unshackling of one’s moral compass. We are all from God, He made us, so we all have an internal compass that tells us what is right and what is wrong. As worldly humans, we have an uncanny ability to tune out that compass as we chase the fleshly desires of this world. When we come to Christ, the volume and magnetism of that compass gets raised and re-calibrated.
After accepting Jesus as our Savior, we do change. Some people more than others, but some people end up being so far from who they were that they, themselves, can hardly believe old stories about themselves.
Accepting Jesus means we no longer accept our old, sinful lives. And just because you weren’t robbing, killing or whatever, doesn’t mean you weren’t a sinner. If you ever lied, you sinned, ergo, were/are a sinner. Don’t fret though, it pretty much has to be this way and we definitely have to recognize this because if we don’t, we will never turn to Jesus, dooming our fates for eternity. But, since Jesus is so amazing, He can look passed your past and create for you a brighter present and endless future.
And when you are saved, that doesn’t mean you’ll never sin again. It just means your moral compass will work correctly, you’ll feel convicted, ask for forgiveness (which you’ll receive if you are serious) and you’ll make every attempt to not commit that sin again as long as possible.
The shed blood of Jesus has no match. It can clean anything.