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“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Does a born-again Christian no longer sin? Has everything become new? The Bible does say clearly, “All things are become new.” However, this means that the essential part of a person, the spirit that came from God, becomes alive at the moment of the new birth. This is the new creature, the new man. This new man can no longer sin; he is blameless, holy and righteous.

But the old man is still subject to sin—that which was executed in Jesus Christ on the cross, the old man, my ego, my flesh. This ego has no more right of existence in God’s eyes. When the Bible says, “All things are become new,” it requires the old to die. For this reason, we exclaim again and again the words of the apostle Paul, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

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