2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
If a newborn baby was lost in the woods and somehow adopted by a band of gorillas and is successfully nursed to maturity by them. Even though that child is a human, he would not be able to speak, read, write or understand human language. He would most likely be jumping on his hands and feet like gorillas do, eating what they eat, and making noises like them to communicate while being unable to comprehend human language. Even though that person is a human, he would live and die like a gorilla if he is never exposed to other humans.
We were all like the gorillas, but the new birth in Christ gave us new life so that we now have the nature of God and are no more to be behaving like mere mortals. If we refuse to separate ourselves from the world but continue to think and behave like them, we would not grow into our potential as sons of God.
If such a man raised among the gorillas discovers that he is not one of them, and has the privilege to be exposed to civilized man, he would have to leave the band of gorillas and join himself to human civilization; be educated by the civilized men, etc. In no time, he would be able to speak like a man and actualize his potential as a human. That cannot be said of the gorillas. No matter how much they try, they would not be able to speak, read and write, and do the things that men do.
Because of your new birth in Christ Jesus, your nature has changed from the limiting sinful nature to the divine nature of God. While separating yourself from the world and fellowshipping with God’s word will make you walk in the nature of God, that cannot be said of unbelievers. No matter how much they try, they cannot help but be sinful at heart.
Go into today thanking the Lord for paying the price for you to receive the superior divine nature. Ask the Lord to help you separate from the world and walk in the divine nature.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
Bible In One Year: Ecclesiastes 9-10 (In Today’s Audio)
Credits: Bible(Bible Experience, Zondervan)
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