Is there a more stark transformation than that of a caterpillar into a butterfly? Yes, the transformation from sinner to the righteousness of God is even more compelling. This fuzzy, dumpy, lowly caterpillar that inches along the ground becomes a colorful, grand creature that flies among the flowers and the trees. This sinner who had no goodness of his own, who was born to sin, and who had an eternal destination of hell, becomes the ultimate good, the righteousness of God bound for a heavenly eternity. God transforms the caterpillar into the butterfly through the growth processes inherent in the genes of the caterpillar. He also changes the sinner into the righteousness of God, but this transformation is very expensive to God. His beloved, "only begotten Son" was born of a virgin, lived as a man who never sinned, and died a hideous and shameful death (shameful to the world) to claim that marvelous transformation from sinner into righteousness of God for me and for you. There is a marked difference in these two transformations. While the caterpillar has no choice in the matter, the sinner does. He gets to decide whether he remains a sinner or becomes the righteousness of God. Make no mistake about it; it is a decision we each must make, even if it is one of procrastination. If you haven't made that transformation yet, today's the day, for none of us is promised a tomorrow.
Our New Nature
"Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him." (NLT)