By the power of the Holy Spirit we have been transformed from death to life. We no longer walk in darkness and the ignorance of sin. We have become new creations in Christ. This 3-day devotional will teach us the wonderful ways we have been transformed by Christ.
- 2 Corinthians 2:14
- Colossians 1:21
FROM ENEMY TO EXAMPLE
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14 KJV
We were once enemies of God, alienated from Him in our minds. By the power of His Holy Spirit we have been transformed and He causes us to always triumph in Christ. He parades us before the world, making Himself known through us when we obey Him. When we know we will be in the spotlight before the world in the flesh, we should be intentional to look and act our best, as His child. Likewise, as believers, we walk courageously, knowing God has chosen us to be an example in the earth of the transforming power of Christ.
“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight…” Colossians 1:21-22 KJV
QUESTION: Can you identify three areas of your life which reflect your transformation in Christ?
- 2 Corinthians 2
- Philippians 4:18
FROM SELFISHNESS TO A SWEET SMELLING SAVOR
“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?” 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 KJV
When the Bible speaks of a sweet smelling savor in the nostrils of God, it is referring to the aroma of sacrifice. We have been transformed by the Spirit of Christ from the sin and selfish nature of our past. Our lives of sacrifice are a sweet aroma that rises up to God. It is a sweet smell to those who are saved, and hopefully attracts some unbelievers into His kingdom. To those who reject God, the fragrance of our lives is the smell of death.
But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God. Philippians 4:18 KJV
QUESTION: Are you living a life that is a sweet fragrance to God, attracting others to Him as well?
- 2 Corinthians 2:17
- Romans 1
- 2 Timothy 2:15
FROM RECKLESS TO RESPONSIBLE
“This is a terrific responsibility. Is anyone competent to take it on? No—but at least we don’t take God’s Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. We stand in Christ’s presence when we speak; God looks us in the face. We get what we say straight from God and say it as honestly as we can.” 2 Corinthians 2:17 MSG
We have been transformed by the power of Christ. We are no longer living the reckless and undisciplined life of our past. Now we have a great responsibility to share our faith. We are to be careful stewards of the Word, not adulterating or compromising it, but always remembering our God is a witness of all we say and do.
“I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.” Romans 1:14-15 KJV
QUESTION: Have you incorporated the study of God’s Word into your life, to be approved unto God, a workman that needs not be ashamed, but rightly dividing the Word of truth?