Old Has Gone, New Has Come


A woman who had been his mistress once approached St. Augustine, who was converted as an adult. When he saw her he turned and walked away quickly but she called out after him,  “Augustine! It’s me! It’s me!” 

Quickening his pace, this new believer called back over his shoulder, “Yes, I know. But it’s no longer me.”

Augustine knew that because of his experience of grace because of his faith in Jesus, his old self was dead. He had “died” to that way of thinking. He could now choose righteousness instead of sin. He understood that as Paul writes in 2nd Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is IN CHRIST, he is a NEW creation. The old has gone, the NEW has come.”

 

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