The belongers are new people
They shook hands with their old selves and said: “farewell, I’m with Him now”
This belonging—this new life—is wrapped in the finest paper, completely free
And what does it look like?
A sweet word: Reconciled
A spark, a light, a change for anyone to partake in
Trading our wickedness for His purity
A follow-my-lead experience
Warmly embraced by the One who calls us to share in this act of grace
For we are His mouth, shouting:
“Come back to Him Who Saves!”
“Come back to the blameless One who took your blame so you could live!”
To be made right with God through Christ
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 NLT