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In II Corinthians 5:17 it says: “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” The key is being IN CHRIST. We get in Christ by way of the Holy Spirit. He places us into Jesus’ body when we receive salvation. We are instantly IN CHRIST.

There is a mystery in scripture. In Colossians 1:27 it says “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” The Jews were looking for Messiah, and they thought that he would only come to the people of Israel. When he also was given to the gentiles it was a mystery that they could hardly understand. You see, Jesus Christ wanted all mankind to receive salvation through Him. This was confirmed to Peter in Acts 10 when he had the vision of the sheet coming down with all kinds of wild beasts and unclean animals. He was told three times by a voice through this vision to eat of the unclean animals. He had never done that. He told the voice that spoke unto him “not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.” (Acts 10: 14) The voice told him that what he had cleansed to not call common. Peter didn’t understand this vision. He had always eaten the Levitical diet, and the animals he was told were not unclean confused him. About that time there was a knock on the door. Holy Spirit told him that three men were at the door and to go with them even if he didn’t understand what they wanted. He was asked to go to a gentile’s home, a man named Cornelius. Cornelius was a centurion (a captain over 100 men) who had been praying (Acts 10:3) and he also saw a vision. He was hungry for the things of God, and God told Cornelius to have Peter come to his home.

Peter followed Holy Spirit’s lead, and went with the men to Cornelius’ home. Cornelius told him that he was given instructions in the vision to send men for Peter. Then Peter understood the vision that he been given and said “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” He preached to those in his house sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. While he was preaching the Holy Ghost fell on all of the gentiles and they started speaking in other tongues. This was an indication to Peter that they had received Christ, because the same thing happened to him in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. They too had received Christ like Peter had.

The gift of salvation is open to all. When we ask God to forgive us of our sins, and invite him into our lives we are then IN CHRIST, and will never be the same!