The Word of God, propelled by the Spirit of God into a willing heart, does more than inform, it transforms. -Paul Tripp
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” -2 Corinthians 5:17
“Some think of the gospel as so slender it does nothing more than get us into the kingdom. After that the real work of transformation begins. But a biblically-faithful understanding of the gospel shows that gospel to be rich, powerful, the wisdom of God and the power of God, all we need in Christ. It is the gospel that saves us, transforms us, conforms us to Christ, prepares us for the new heaven and the new earth, establishes our relations with fellow-believers, teaches us how to work and serve so as to bring glory to God, calls forth and edifies the church, and so forth. This gospel saves — and ’salvation’ means more than just ‘getting in,’ but transformed wholeness.”
– D. A. Carson, “Four Questions with D. A. Carson“
“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
Jesus is in the transformation business. He is transforming people like me, like you. Someone wisely said, “Nature forms us, sin deforms us, education informs us, penitentiaries reform us, but Jesus transforms us.”
I think of how Jesus transformed Simon Peter from a blustering, big-mouthed, burly, smelly fisherman into the flaming apostle of Pentecost. I think of how He transformed Mary, who was a demon-possessed harlot, to herald in the resurrection.
One afternoon I got on my knees with a grown man in his forties, put my arms around him, and prayed as he gave his heart to Jesus Christ. He got down on his knees a sinner, got up a saved man on his way to heaven. Why? Because Jesus is in the transformation business. The One that turned water into wine is the One that can change radically, dramatically, and eternally any heart that will come to Him.