Behold the NEW has come.
Daily Spirit & Word, 446: New Man in Old Clothes.
Behold The New Has Come.
Good morning my friends, I’ll never forget the day that a man who’d been searching for Jesus for some time, finally gave his life to the Lord and came into church the next Sunday, he looked physically different, everybody noticed it, it was like he’d come alive and was shining with the Glory that Moses had when he came down the mountain. One of the men in our fellowship nic-named him “Shiny Man”…. But there is a truth in what happened to him for all of us, we can all get that Glory Glow ourselves, by coming to Christ and being converted from a sinner into a saint. Or if you’ve become like a smoldering wick, your faith has grown weak, it can become be set ablaze with the LOVE of the Lord and you’ll get a NEW FIRE in your heart again.
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no-one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Notice that; “If you are IN CHRIST” then you are a NEW CREATION, the old has gone and the new has come.
What is the ‘OLD’ That is gone? The old nature; the sinful natural nature that you’re born with, you are no longer a slave to sin, but that doesn’t mean you wont sin anymore, you’r just not governed, ruled or dominated by it. It’s like Jesus promised, “You shall know the TRUTH and the truth shall set you FREE”. You’re set free from sin and given a new SPIRITUAL nature, one that has the power to resist sin, to say “NO” to ungodly desires.
What is the ‘NEW’ that has come? The NEW NATURE. The Bible has many words to help us understand what happens at Conversion to Christ. The word Conversion is one of them: We’re converted from a Sinner into a Saint when we put our trust in Jesus. Being ‘Born Again’ is another; we’re born anew, born from above. We’re born again from the human family into God’s Holy Family forever.
D L Moody tells this story;
“A man got up in one of our meetings in New York some years ago, who had been pretty far down; but a wonderful change had taken place, and he said he hardly knew himself. He said the fact was, he was a new man in his old clothes.
That was just it. Not a man in new clothes, but a new man in old clothes.
I saw an advertisement which read like this: “If you want people to respect you, wear good clothes.” That is the world’s idea of getting the world’s respect. Why, a leper might put on good clothes, but he would be a leper still! Mere profession does not transform a man. It is the new nature spoken of in 2 Corinthians v. 17: “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” D. L. Moody “Anecdotes, Incidents and Illustrations.”
Behold ALL Things Are Become NEW: Asesome!
You’ve been transformed my friends, the world looks at how good you look on the outside, but the LORD looks upon the heart. (Remember how he chose King David, by looking into their hearts the LORD refused his brothers, but David’s heart was different according to God).
When you come to Christ, it’s like a complete transformation has taken place over-night. Jesus gives a a whole list of new things;
The OLD has gone, BEHOLD THE NEW HAS COME. the new nature within desires different things from the old nature, this is how you can tell if you’ve been born again or not, because you’ll no longer desire the same old things. Old things with pass away and new things, the things of God will become increasingly part of your new nature.
Have an AWESOME Saturday with Jesus today.
Live your new life in the old body, but know that one day, you’ll receive your eternal clothing soon.
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BEHOLD THE NEW HAS COME