(II Corinthians 5:17 TPT) Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.
In Christ we are not simply reformed, refurbished, or remade, but made completely new.
(John 3:3;5-6) Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
(Romans 5:17-19 CSB) Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is justification leading to life for everyone. For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
Repentance. (Luke 5:31-21)
Belief. (Romans 10:9-10)
Transformation. (Romans 8:28-30)
Being born again (regeneration) means that salvation includes God’s work both for us at the cross of Jesus, and in us by the Holy Spirit.
What does it mean to be “Made New?”
(Romans 6:4) Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
(Galatians 2:20) I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
(Romans 8:15) The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
(Romans 8:11 NLT) The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
God desires us to be born again in Him and live a new life as a new person in relationship with Him rather than to seek to transform ourselves through behavior modification or external religious performance.