What’s New

 

By The Mad Preacher

Don’t you just love a new year; A new year with a new hope that this year will be better that the last? It seems that word “new” has magic in it. It carries expectation and promise in it. What if you start the new year with a new you?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.  (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)
There are two words in the New Testament that’s translated new. Neos which means something that’s new but the same thing, such as a new car, new tie or new dress. It’s  the same thing only new. However, the word that’s used here in this passage is kainos, which denotes something of a different nature. In other woods, it’s something completely different. It’s the same word Jesus used in John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another.” He didn’t say an additional commandment. He would have used the word Neos, which would have meant he was adding another commandment to all the other commandments. No, Jesus said a kainos commandment, a new one to replace the old ones. It’s something of a totally diffident nature.

Let me give you an example from nature:

butterflyThe butterfly is an ideal picture of the new birth in Christ. Here is a creature that starts its life as a caterpillar but then a metamorphous, a complete change, happens that transforms it into a thing of rare beauty and grace. Notice that the new butterfly is the same creature it was before it spun its cocoon. It wasn’t replaced with another insect. The same creature that enclosed itself within the cocoon is the same one that came out of the cocoon.

The change it experiences is radical. What was once a caterpillar has a new outward appearance. It underwent a total transformation. It no longer crawls on the ground beneath the heels of most every other creature. It now flies! It’s the same living creature it was before the change but entirely different.

In much the same way that’s what happens to a person who surrenders their life to Jesus. The Holy Spirit begins to transform them into something that’s totally different and beautiful.The new believer’s value system and goals begin to change. They begin to lose their taste for the garbage that this world’s system offers. The days of crawling on their spiritual bellies begins to give way to lofty dreams, powerful living and a positive outlook on life. They are the same person they were before but transformed. Now they’re “a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. (Galatians 6:15)

Let’s bring this home to us personally.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed[1] by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Now, it’s up to followers of Christ to have a lifestyle that reflects this new nature of ours.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)

“You must be born again.” — Jesus (John 3:7)

Have you been born again? Have you asked God to forgive you? Did you invite Jesus to be the boss of their life? If not, please don’t miss out on the wonder future God has for you.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”( Jeremiah 29:11)

If there ever were dreams
That were lofty and noble
They were my dreams at the start
And hope for life’s best were the hopes
That I harbor down deep in my heart
But my dreams turned to ashes
And my castles all crumbled, my fortune turned to loss
So I wrapped it all in the rags of life
And laid it at the cross

Something beautiful, something good
All my confusion he understood
All I had to offer him was brokenness and strife
But he made something beautiful of my life[2]

[1] “Transformed” come from the Greek word Metamorphoo. It means to change into another form, to transform, to transfigure. Examples: Tadpole, Butterfly

[2] Something beautiful, Something Good by Gloria Gaither © Copyright 1971 William J. Gaither, Inc. All rights controlled by Gaither Copyright Management.

 

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