2015 is over. 2016 has begun. The resolutions have been made. Plans have been put in motion, some have not. The one thing all new years resolutions have in common is this.
Every person that has made a new years resolution has made a commitment to change. They have examined their past year and decided to do something differently this year. They have found an area of their life that needs to change. For some people it is physical. They want to loose weight, or get in better shape. For some people, it is financial. They want to change jobs, or make more money, or start the business they have been dreaming of. All of these are fine choices and if you have made a new years resolution such as I have listed, I hope you succeed.
Some people choose to make a new years resolution in a more personal area of their life. Their spiritual life. They have choose 2016 to be the year they search for God. They have put it off for years and find themselves ready. They are ready for something different, something new, something better, something permanent. Nothing is more permanent than being "IN CHRIST.
In Paul's letter to Corinth we find this revolutionary verse. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Let's take a deeper look at it.
There are eight key words/phrases in this one verse that have significant implications;
- passed away
This first word is the most important;
This verse applies to the believer. The person who has been born again. The person who has received Christ as their Lord and savior. If you want a to know what this is all about you can get more info by clicking the button below.
ANY man implies that this truth is for Jews and Gentiles, or all mankind, if they of course are found IN CHRIST.
That brings us to our third word;
To be IN CHRIST is the first change that comes about for the believer. Before we are IN CHRIST, we are IN ADAM. We were born with a sin nature due to Adam and Eve's sin in the garden. Every person born since, has the Adamic nature. Slaves to sin and the flesh. When we put our faith IN CHRIST, we are placed IN CHRIST. Our relationship changes positionally. We are no longer outside the family of God, but rather we are joint heirs with Christ. We receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and the promise of Heaven.
Our fourth word is;
Now that we are IN CHRIST, we become a new person. We have the Holy Spirit living in us, we have a new Father in Heaven, we have a new eternal home, we have the power to overcome sin and the flesh, we have a new family, the Church. We have so much more than this it would take volumes to list it all.
Our fifth word is actually a phrase;
This is a truth that is crucial to to experiencing a full and rich Christian life. When we do not allow the past to stay in the past, we rip ourselves off. When we keep allowing the past to dictate our thoughts and actions, we run the risk of slipping back into our old life. We remain IN CHRIST (that never changes), but we have no joy, no peace, no resemblance of a new nature. We can become carnal, or even put separation between us and God, or us and others.
Our sixth word is
It should be visible, even obvious. The change inside of us, should be visible on the surface. People should be able to behold something different about us.
Our seventh word is;
All things things become new. First we become a new creation but that is not the only thing that becomes new. Our outlook becomes new. Our perspective becomes new regarding life and death. Our relationships become new. Our mind becomes new. Everything becomes new. When God says ALL, He means ALL. Not some, not many, not few, but ALL.
Our final word is;
When God makes you a new person, he doesn't do it on the outside and let it soak in. He works from the inside out. He transforms us. He renovates us. It has the idea of ripping out everything that is old, rotten, worn and unnecessary and replacing it with everything necessary for life and godliness.
In closing, if you want to experience all of these truths, first you must resolve the IF in this verse. Do you know God? Do you know His Son?