Monday, July 23, 2018

A New Creation

Chuckle: “One congregation awarded their pastor a Humility Medal, but took it back when they caught him wearing it.” –Lou Brown
Quote:  “Three things we can all do today: To pause a moment just to pray, To be a friend both tried and true, And find some good we can do.” –William A. Ward 
. . . . those who become Christians become new (creations) persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun! All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18 NLT).
You and I may have read this passage many times without ever fully understanding the depth and scope of this passage. When a person prays to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, God’s Holy Spirit takes up residence in his or her body and performs a miraculous new creation and transformation in the heart and life of that new believer. Christians become brand-new people on the inside, which manifests itself in the way we think and what we do. God’s Holy Spirit gives us new lives and we are never the same as before. We become new creations living in vital and eternal union with Christ. We do not merely turn over a new leaf but begin a new life with a new heart, a new Master, and a new submissive will.
Let’s focus on what it means to become a new creation. The apostle Paul addresses this question in Ephesians 2:8-10 NLT. “God saved you by his special favor (grace) when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this: It is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things (works) we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece (workmanship). He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” .
It’s important to understand that God saves us by His grace through our faith in Jesus Christ alone. and makes us into new creations with a purpose for each of our lives. Our newly created lives should be radically different  – with new moral quality and new spiritual devotion – because “he or she is a new creation.”
In Summary, those who have been newly created spiritually, are united with our risen Lord forever. The believer participates in the new creation of which Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Each of us who has been recreated in Christ should rejoice while allowing the Holy Spirit to guide our every thought and every action to bring glory to God.
C.H. Spurgeon is quoted as saying that he was so sure of his salvation that he could grab on to a cornstalk and swing out over the fires of hell, look into the face of the devil, and sing, “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine.”
Love, Jerry & Dotse    


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