A New Life Is a Changed Life
“Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. 7 And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ 8 So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ 9 “And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me. 10 So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.’ 11 And since I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus. 12 “Then a certain Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good testimony with all the Jews who dwelt there, 13 came to me; and he stood and said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that same hour I looked up at him. 14 Then he said, ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth. 15 For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’ Acts 22:6-16 NKJV
The evidence that the Scriptures are the infallible Word of God is the results it produces in the lives of those who believe. Their old lifestyles and patterns of behavior are passed away, and through salvation, i.e., one’s saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ all things in life—thoughts and conduct—become new (2 Cor. 5:17).
Many have professed salvation, conversion, and even being born-again without having any visible results of a new life. A new life is a changed life. For example, in the above text, you can see how Saul of Tarsus (who was renamed Paul) was a first century terrorist who persecuted Christians. In his zeal to torment and to bind in chains even more believers of the Way in Damascus, he sought letters of authority from the Jewish chief priest to legally authorize him to do the same. While traveling on the road to Damascus, he was confronted by the glorious presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and was converted to Christ. After this confrontation and spiritual experience, Paul went throughout the known world preaching the Gospel of Christ; thus, bringing salvation, healing and deliverance to countless thousands, affording them a new life as he himself had experienced. Paul’s new life in Christ was characterized by a stark change in his life—his new life in Christ produced a changed life.
Jesus said, “[A] tree is known by its fruit” (Matt. 12:33). When anyone truly has an encounter with Jesus Christ and are saved and/or born-again, they unavoidably experience, not only a new life, but also a changed life. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).