The Astonishing Key to the New You
Based on Andrew Wommack’s Commentary Notes
2 Corinthians 5:17 is a key passage of Scripture that explains many other passages of Scripture.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
The Bible presents salvation as a life-transforming experience. Change is one of the distinguishing characteristics of true believers.
Yet, failure to understand that this change takes place in the spirit first and is then reflected in the outward thoughts and actions proportional to the way the mind is renewed (Romans 12:2) has caused much confusion. Understanding this is key to living in victory.
This verse makes it very clear where this change takes place. It describes this change as total and complete (all things are become new, not just some things). Therefore this change has to take place in your born-again spirit.
Why is that? If you were fat before you were saved, you will be fat after you become saved, unless you go on a weight-loss program. Your body doesn’t instantly change.
Also, your soulish or mental realm doesn’t instantly change. If you were stupid before you were saved, you will be stupid after you become saved, until you start renewing your mind.
The only part of you that is left is your spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
It is your spirit that is instantly changed at salvation.
It is perfect: “…and to the spirits of just men made perfect” (Heb. 12:23).
It cannot sin: “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9).
Everything that is true of Jesus is true of your born-again spirit:
"But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit," (1 Cor. 6:17).
"…because as he is, so are we in this world," (1 John 4:17).
Your spiritual salvation is complete.
At salvation, you receive the same spirit that you will have throughout all eternity. It will not have to be changed again or cleansed again. It has been sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13) and is therefore sanctified and perfected forever!