All Things Have Become New
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV)
There are probably few of us who don’t find the birth of a baby a moving event. Grown adults suddenly become cooing and gurgling idiots and our faces contort into all sorts of expressions before the presence of new life. Perhaps it’s the baby’s freshness, or helplessness; or the fact that everything just seems so perfect. Little wonder, then, that there are times when we say, ‘If only I could start again.’ ‘If only my mistakes could be wiped out; if only the messes could be undone; if only I could have another chance at life.’ Jesus says, ‘You can!’ When we put our trust in him, a whole new life begins for us; the past really is over and done with, and we have a fresh, new start. We truly become ‘a new creation’ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
These new beginnings do not happen by self-effort or self-improvement, however, but by new birth (John 3:3); and then we continue to enjoy that ‘new birth’ life by being constantly ‘filled with the Spirit’ (Ephesians 5:18). No matter what a mess we may have made of our lives so far, no matter how many times we might have ‘got it wrong’, God can always give us a new beginning. If you have put your trust in Christ, you really are ‘a new creation’ and do not need to listen to the accusations of your heart or the lies of the devil.
The psalmist says, ‘He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God’ (Psalm 40:3). Last year probably had its difficult moments in your life; but, like the psalmist, let a new song of worship and adoration to the Lord well up within your spirit as you launch out with him; for what has been does not have to shape what will be!
How wonderful it is to know we can always make a fresh start with our God!
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:5, NASB)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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