What does "letters of christ" mean?

The apostle John wrote, "Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth... Then He who sat on the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new.' And He said to me, 'Write, for these words are true and faithful.'" (Revelation 21:1-5) God's master plan to "make all things new" is not only a future reality. It began nearly 2,000 years ago after Jesus Christ returned to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to take His place on earth (John 16:7). In the future we will have new bodies, but here and now God creates new life inside us by His Spirit. The "inner man" of everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ's payment for their sins is resurrected to new life, just like He was resurrected! (Ephesians 2:1, 3:16) The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "You are letters of Christ, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts..." (2 Corinthians 3:3). When the Spirit of God creates new life in us, the open book of our life is a "letter of Christ."

On a practical level, transforming our way of thinking through God's Word is the key to our lives being transformed by the Spirit of God. As we focus on Christ and learn to think like Him, the Spirit of God transforms our lives and makes us more like Christ. Romans 12:2 states "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." The Spirit of God is the life that brings about spiritual growth in our lives, but just like our bodies need food in order to grow so our spirit needs the spiritual food of God's Word. Jesus said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)

The purpose of this website is to provide free Bible study resources and tools to help in the process of renewing our minds — to help digest the spiritual food of God's Word in order to promote spiritual growth.

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