In 2 Corinthians 5: 17 the Bible says, “Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new” (ASV). When Zacchaeus met the Lord Jesus Christ, he began making changes in his life and restitution was one major way he did it.
Returning property not lawfully yours can be a sign of a major turning point in your life. It is not something that is easy to do, but can be significant. What is the prophet Ezekiel saying about something like this? In Ezekiel 33:15 he says, “if the wicked restore the pledge, give again that which he had taken by robbery, walk in the statutes of life, committing no iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die” (ASV). There is a change of life in restitution. Are you willing and ready to take a step for change in your life? Do it in a practical way when opportunity arises.
In Christ, we can not treat people the way we used to treat them before we got saved. Jesus Christ has made sin to be of no effective in it effort to ruin people’s lives. When Jesus forgives someone, that person is set free from sin. The power of sin that controls and subjects people to doing things contrary to the will of God is then broken. In Christ the power of sin has been rendered powerless as long as obedience to God in that particular person is established.
In 1 John 3: 5-6 in reference to Christ, the Bible declares, “And ye know that he was manifested to take away sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither knoweth him” (ASV). Now, can someone who meets Jesus able to live a life with out sin. Yes, a child of God has power over sin through Jesus Christ.
Children of God can only overcome the power of sin through Jesus Christ. In their own strength they can do nothing and that is why they have to abide in Christ because he is the source of strength. Jesus is the vine. In John 15: 4 Jesus says, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; so neither can ye, except ye abide in me” (ASV). Remaining in Christ is what makes this new life in Christ possible. There are things you will only hear and know when you remain in Christ.