In our last lesson, we discussed what it meant to be born again, that in our spirits, our hearts are changed. We used 2 Corinthians 5:17, which says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” We began to see that when we are born again, a total transformation has taken place in our spirits, and the only way to know what has transpired in our spirits is through the Word of God. We can’t perceive it through external things, and we can’t perceive it through our emotions, because that is in the soulish realm. But in the spirit part of us, there is a total transformation.
Let me use a few scriptures which show the things that took place when a person received Jesus into their life. Ephesians 4:24 says, “Put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” When a person is born again, their spirit becomes righteous and truly holy. The Bible actually speaks of two types of righteousness.
There is a righteousness you produce through your own actions, and you must maintain that type of righteousness in relationships with other people. If you don’t live right and do right, your boss may fire you or your spouse may divorce you; so you need to have your own righteousness. God, however, doesn’t accept you based on your external righteousness. God literally gave you His righteousness.
In 2 Corinthians 5:21 it says that God the Father made the Son to become sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. So there is a righteousness which goes far beyond our external righteousness and is based on what God did for us. We literally received the righteousness of God by faith in Christ. We were created in righteousness and true holiness. We aren’t growing into that righteousness; we are already righteous. A simple definition is that we are already in right standing with God.
God is pleased with us based on Christ, not on anything else. Our spirits are where the change took place. We’re already created in righteousness and true holiness and are brand-new creatures. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” In our spirits, we are perfect and complete. There is no sin or inadequacy. Ephesians 1:13 says, “After that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.”