God brought you alive—
right along with Christ! Think of it!
All sins forgiven,
the slate wiped clean,
that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross…
So don’t put up with anyone pressuring you
in details of diet, worship services, or holy days.
All those things are mere shadows
cast before what was to come;
the substance is Christ.
Being born again from above is a perennial, perpetual, and eternal beginning,
a freshness all the time
in thinking and in talking and in living
the continual surprise of the life in God.
Being born of the spirit gives us a new vision
and keeps us absolutely fresh for everything.
If anyone is in Christ,
the new creation has come:
The old has gone,
the new is here!
II Corinthians 5:17