Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Cor 5:17)~~ Butterflies are beautiful creatures. From the design on their wings to all the colors they display, they are spectacular. Before any butterfly can be a magnificent creature, however, it must begin its life as a caterpillar, which is quite ugly. Caterpillars transform into butterflies through a process called metamorphosis. Their old nature passes away, and they turn into a completely new creature. Just as caterpillars are changed into butterflies, we, too, are changed into new creatures with new identities through faith and deeply rooted in Christ. Our old identities … Apart from Christ… are “passed away”..We transform from ugly sinners in the world’s point of view to beautiful saints in Christ’s point of view! This newness is however also different from the butterfly…it’s more than an outward reformation; though the same as man, we are changed in character and conduct. We act upon new principles, by new rules, with new ends, and in new company. Our heart is not merely set right, but a new heart is given to us. We are the workmanship of God, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. We who formerly saw no beauty in the Savior that we should desire Him, now love Him above all things. Be ye transformed!