by Paul Tautges | April 29, 2014 9:48 am
In the blockbuster film Frozen, one of the mother trolls believes, “people don’t really change.” But is this true, biblically? No, of course it isn’t. Salvation is about transformation, not merely forgiveness and eternal life. The good news of the gospel is not only that Jesus Christ died and rose again to redeem us from the penalty of sin so that we can enjoy eternal life in heaven someday. But God also has redeemed us from the power of sin so that we can be transformed into the image of Christ (Rom 8:29; Col 3:10) and live for the one who died and rose again on our behalf (2 Cor 5:15).
What are the reasons we can change? In their new book, God’s Solutions to Life’s Problems, the father and son team, Wayne and Joshua Mack, gives us four reasons true believers can really change.
If you are a true believer (a possessor and not merely a professor) then you are already a new creature in Christ (2 Cor 5:17). That is true of every genuine, converted believer. Now, to become holy we must daily put on the new man. This is a call to discipline ourselves for the sake of godliness, to put away godless myths and get serious about training ourselves in the ways of God (1Timothy 4:7).
God’s Solutions to Life’s Problems is available from P&R Publishing.
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