New Creation

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

—2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Who was that person I used to be?

What were my thoughts

In my old identity?

How did I reason that I’d be fine

Not trusting in God’s ways

But counting on mine?

Imprisoned with guilt, confusion and shame

My heart was filled with hurt and blame

Jesus came and filled my heart

His gift to me—a brand new start

Who was that person I used to be?

It matters not

Because today I am free!

 

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The New Has Come

Everyone needs to start over at some point in their lives. 

A new house. 

A new job. 

A new outlook. 

A chance to start over with things being different. 

We like starting over, really. 

We do little mini- start overs all the time. 

We paint the kitchen a different color. 

We get a hair cut. 

We rearrange the furniture. 

We buy new clothes. 

There’s nothing wrong with any of those things, but at the end of the day, their attributes have one thing in common—they’re not permanent. 

Jesus can truly allow us to start over. 

Everything in the past is over and He changes us into a new creation. 

Everyone needs to start over with things being different—

Things like being forgiven instead of guilty. 

Knowing we are loved instead of feeling abandoned. 

Having the assurance of eternal life instead of insatiable fear of the unknown. 

With Jesus, we can become new–permanently. 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

—2 Corinthians 5:17

  

The New is Here!

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It is now 9:58 in the evening.

Still another two hours before the new year, the sound of fireworks in my vicinity has already begun.

Why is it that people celebrate what is new?

A new year?

A new job?

A new baby?

Newness brings with it an open-ended invitation to possibilities.

What we have hoped might become a reality.

We are encouraged as we think of that which is to come as being “better” than what has already been.

For believers in Jesus, we celebrate our new lives.

When we yielded ourselves to God, the transformation was complete.

2 Corinthians 5:17 reads,

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

This dramatic change–this rebirth–has made us to be a new creation.

When each of us is transformed in this way, choosing Jesus, there is a celebration of rejoicing in Heaven as well as in our hearts.

The new is here!

 

 

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