by Justin Huffman
Happy new you! No, this is not a new diet, or a get-rich-quick scheme, or a seven-step self-improvement program.
I'm referring to the new creation that is a present reality, and the future glory, for every person that is in Jesus Christ: "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The Bible describes at least three aspects to the "new" you that is you, if you are in Christ.
It describes the new you in terms of 1) a New Testament for you, 2) a new life in you, and 3) a new promise to you.
Many different words are used in Scripture for the singular milestone of all human history -- the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But "new" is a frequently used description for all that Christ's coming accomplished.
Because of Jesus, there is now a "new testament" (Matthew 26:28), a "new covenant" (Hebrews 12:24), and a "new and living way" (Hebrews 10:24).
Each of these terms is driving home this important point: God has made a way, through the work of Christ on the cross, that is a new revelation both in history and in personal experience. It is different than the Old Testament law, and it is different than any scheme humanity has ever invented in order to accomplish salvation from despair, death, and judgment.
Galatians 6:15 informs us that "in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature."
Our religious, or irreligious, acts make no difference when it comes to our salvation. Why? Because faith in Christ on the cross crucifies everything else!
"God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (v.14). So what if I have all the right friends in all the right places? The question is, what is my position in relation to Christ? That orients everything else!
We can’t do enough good, but Christ did enough good on the cross. We can’t reinvent ourselves enough, but the new birth is God divinely renovating us for his glory.
Those who have this new life, through faith in Christ, live a new life! This new man obeys God and honors Christ, but out of a new heart and and a new motivation. No longer do we serve God out of slavish fear, but out of familial love (Romans 7:6; John 14:15).
In addition to the beautiful new life we have in Christ, there is an astounding promise: "The world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s" (1 Corinthians 3:22-23).
As the centurion with the sick servant recognized in Luke 7:7-10, even sickness is Jesus’ servant! And thus your servant, if you are on Jesus' side (Romans 8:28). And the breathtaking promise for you stretches into eternity: "We, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13).
In our eternal future, we are living in heaven, and heaven is still righteous! Amazing!
What about you? Have you tasted this New Testament that is only in Jesus Christ? Are you living the new life that flows from love for Christ? Are you trusting in the promises of Christ to you, that everything is serving you in Christ until the day that you and all creation serve him freshly, perfectly in the new heavens and the new earth?
This is the happy new you! May this be you in this New Year.
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