As Christians, we believe that through Jesus Christ, we have been given new life. But what does that mean exactly?
How did Jesus give us new life? Let’s explore this concept further.
The Problem of Sin
Before we can understand how Jesus gave us new life, we need to understand the problem that he came to solve. According to Christian theology, all humans are born into a state of sin.
This means that we are separated from God and unable to have a relationship with him because of our disobedience. This disobedience is known as sin and it includes things like lying, stealing, cheating, and more.
The Consequences of Sin
The consequence of sin is death – both physical and spiritual. Physical death is the end of our earthly life, while spiritual death is eternal separation from God in hell. This separation from God is not what he intended for us – he created us to be in relationship with him.
The Solution: Jesus Christ
God knew that there was nothing we could do on our own to fix the problem of sin and restore our relationship with him. So he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to earth to take on human form and live a perfect life without sin.
Because Jesus was without sin, he was able to take on the punishment for our sins by dying on the cross. His sacrifice made it possible for us to be forgiven by God and restored into a relationship with him.
New Life in Christ
Through faith in Jesus Christ, we can receive forgiveness for our sins and be made new. This process is known as being born again or receiving new life in Christ.
When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we become a new creation – the old has passed away and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are no longer separated from God because of our sin, but are brought into a right relationship with him.
In summary, Jesus gave us new life by taking on the punishment for our sins and making it possible for us to be forgiven and restored into a relationship with God. Through faith in him, we can receive this new life and become a new creation.