“… anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (New Living Translation)

In Ancient Hebrew culture when a woman was “purchased” as a bride, her identity was changed to one belonging to her husband’s family. Her acceptance of this new identity changed her from the inside out. She was adopted by a new father, the bride of his son, and bearer of children with her new husband. Because God gave Jesus to pay our sin debt. We have been “purchased” by God and we belong to Jesus. God has adopted us as His own daughters, we are the Bride of Christ, and because of the Holy Spirit at work within us we are empowered to produce the fruits of the spirit.

This new identity is a beautiful thing! But to fully understand how beautiful this new identity truly is, let’s take a look at our “old life”…