INTRODUCTION: Have you ever noticed the caterpillars in the Summer. They are pretty ugly, in spite of the colors that they display. But if you followed the life of that caterpillar you will find an amazing change. In a matter of days that caterpillar will turn into a beautiful butterfly, with broad wings and beautiful patterns of colors like the rainbow! It has
changed completely from the old life it had. It is still the same bug, but a new creation!

The Bible tells us that men and women are the same way. We sin when we reach an age where we know right from wrong. Sin makes us ugly and hideous before God. But when we experience the the birth we become new
creatures, much like the butterfly comes forth from the caterpillar!


A. We are told that we must be "Born Again."
1. John 3:3_ Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

2. 1 Peter 1:23_ having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

B. We are commanded to "put off" the old life of sin. 
1. Ephesians 4:22_24 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

2. Colossians 3:9_10 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10_ and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

C. The new life comes as a result of us leaving the world and entering into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
1. 2 Corinthians 5:17

2. Colossians 1:13_14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14_ in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.


A. A New Beginning - Born again.
1. John 3:3-8

2. James 1:18- Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

B. A New Start - All our sins are forgiven
1. Acts 22:16

2. Colossians 1:13_ He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14_ in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

3. Revelation 1:5_ and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

C. A New Relationship with God - We can now call Him Father.
1. Galatians 4:6_7 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" 7_ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

2. Hebrews 4:14_16 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15_ For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16_ Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

3. 1 John 3:1_2 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2_ Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

D. A new abundant way of Life - Life in Christ
1. John 10:10- "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

2. 2 Corinthians 9:8- And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

3. Ephesians 3:19- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

E. A New Hope - A home in Heaven.
1. Colossians 1:5_ because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, 

2. 1 Peter 1:3- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

A. Paul tells us.
1. 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. 

2. Paul is saying that we become that new creation by being "in Christ."

3.. Ephesians 1:7- In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

4. Titus 3:5- not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

5. Adding these together we are new creations "in Christ." We receive forgiveness of sins "in Christ." And all Christians have the "washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit."

B. By getting into Christ we become new creatures. John 3:3-5 gives the key.
1. Born of water - Baptism into Christ

2. Born of the Spirit - Receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

3. Parallel to Acts 2:38

a. Acts 2:38- Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
4. Acts 22:16

5. 1 Peter 3:21- There is also an antitype which now saves us; baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 

C. Paul gives further details.
1. Romans 6:1-6


A. People will know that we have come under the influence of Jesus.
1. Acts 4:13- Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

2. Galatians 2:20- "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

B. Others will perceive that we are not living like the world.
1. Colossians 3:1ff

2. 1 Peter 2:11_12 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

CONCLUSION: Just like the caterpillar, we can be a completely different person. God will cleanse you, forgive you, and make you pure and clean. But you must be born again!

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