Transformation within is what leads to transformation without. In this passage, Paul provides an example of not only what a Christian is to no longer do, but what he or she is now to do. Even though a Christian may carry the title of “thief” for life, as well as a host of other titles deserving condemnation, the merit of Christ is the Christian’s defense. This great truth serves as the impetus for the Christian’s changed behavior. Hallelujah!