2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Being born again is like a car with a new incorruptible engine!
Before this happens, the analogy is we are driving with a car that has most of its warning lights on, sputtering, stammering, kareeming recklessly on the road. The car starts and stops, its tires are worn out, the engine makes a loud clanking sound, and you see the smoke protruding out of it. Each day because of sin, the car gets worse and worse. Some days it doesn’t even start at all, the sputtering of the engine is getting progressively poorer. Some choose to ignore all of this and kareem recklessly down the road of life, with the end being a broken down car headed to an eternal junkyard.
Despite what you do, oil changes, spark plug replacements, nothing seems to help. The analogy of this would be your religious works, sacrament participation, volunteer works they too aren’t helping. You are quite uncertain if the car can get you to your eternal home, scared when you drive it because you never know when she is going to quit. Your world religion says “just try a bit harder”, “trust us we shall fix it”, but it definitely isn’t helping fix that old broken down engine on its last legs. It is like putting bandages over the oil leaks which seem to spring each day.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
You believe the old engine in your life is “good”. But it most definitely is not “good”, it is always going to be less than perfect and the ONLY way to drive on that engine to eternal life is it needs to be perfect! In other words no one is truly “good”. Subjective “goodness” does not meet God’s eternal perfect standard. Those with a new life from God realize that the only way is through faith ALONE in the perfection of Jesus Christ.
Some people by pride can live their entire life on a broken engine. They managed to convince themselves that the old worn out broken engine is better than none at all. If graced by God, that old engine finally dies in this lifetime. It is kind of like going to the mechanic and him DREADFULLY telling you “sorry, but I can’t do a thing for this old engine, you need a new one”. God replaces your engine, He grants a new life in Jesus Christ! In the case of God showing you the dead engine of sin in your life, it is not dread you will feel, but rejoicing! Because He granted this new life without one bit of your involvement, it will be by His grace and mercy alone.
Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
With a new life in Christ, you now drive your life with certainty in Him and you NOW know this new engine WILL drive you to your eternal home with Him. This new engine so to speak from God is incorruptible, it drives like a top, the warning lights are gone, and you are in everlasting peace with Him. You are no longer worrying if the engine will die because you have been granted eternal life!
Are you tired of living your life in uncertainty, tired of all those religious works which amounted to zero fixes? Repent of your sins and place your faith ALONE in Jesus Christ! Now I can say this ad nauseum, “repent of your sins and place your faith alone in Jesus Christ”, but without a new engine from God, regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, you will reject this remedy. However, if you are tired of the broken down life you have, the uncertainty of the religion you practice, you are hearing the call of God believe it or not. If it is of His will, He will grant you a new life by His grace alone!
Colossians 3:22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.
Stop driving your life with a defective corrupted engine! Those with new engines from God? Stop driving your life like if you were driving with your old engine. Let the old pass away once and for all! This means stop venturing back to your old life of sin. If you cannot stop? Ask yourself if God really granted you a new life.
Everyone wants to be free, but everyone needs a NEWNESS from God to actually live eternally with Him!