He loves the things that once he hated

Sep 07, 2016
J. C. Ryle, "Alive or Dead?"

“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

Whatever part of the globe we live in, our eyes need to be opened–naturally we never see our sinfulness,guilt, and danger.
Whatever nation we belong to, our understandings need to be enlightened–naturally we know little or nothing of the plan of salvation. Like the Babel-builders, we think to get to heaven our own way.
Our wills need to be bent in the right direction–naturally we would never choose the things which are for our peace; we would never come to Christ.
Whatever be our rank in life, our affections need to be turned to things above–naturally we only set them on things below, earthly, sensual, short-lived and vain.
Pride must give place to humility;self-righteousness to self-abasement;
carelessness to seriousness;worldliness to holiness; unbelief to faith.

Satan’s dominion must be put down within us–and the kingdom of God set up. Self must be crucified–and Christ must reign. Until these things come to pass, we are as dead as stones. When these things begin to take place, and not until then, we are spiritually alive.
The true Christian knows all this by experience.
He loves the things that once he hated, and hates the things that once he loved. He has . . .
new habits, new companions, new ways, new tastes, new feelings, new opinions,
new sorrows, new joys, new concerns, new pleasures, new hopes, new fears.
In short, the whole bias and current of his being is changed. Ask his nearest relatives and friends, and they would bear witness to it. Whether they liked it or not, they would be obliged to confess he was no longer the same person.
Once he could see no beauty and excellence in the Lord Jesus Christ. Now he would tell you that He is . . . the pearl above all price, the chief among ten thousand,
his Redeemer, his Advocate, his Priest, his King, his Physician, his Shepherd, his Friend, his All.
Once he thought lightly about sin. He could not see the necessity of being so particular about it. He could not think a man’s words, and thoughts,
and actions, were of such importance, and required such watchfulness. Now he would tell you sin is the abominable thing which he hates–the sorrow and
burden of his life. He longs to be more holy.

Once he cared only for this world… its pleasures, its business, its occupations,
its rewards. Now he looks upon it as an empty, unsatisfying place.
His treasure is in heaven. His home is beyond the grave.

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