Summary: God has given us newness of life through Jesus Christ, therefore (1) do not live in the past, and (2) live with a renewed purpose.
If you have your bibles, turn to 2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
People crave for new things today - new phones, new cars, clothes, hairstyles, and a new face.
· They want a new face - go for plastic surgery to get a new nose, a new body...
· But now new can you get? Overtime, nothing will be new anymore.
· How much can you really change? How much can you really improve on?
What we need today is not better gadgets, better education, more research or more money. This won’t give us an abundant, fulfilling life. We need a change of heart. Look at the news today - violence, murder, hatred... (The problem is with this ’evil’ in the hearts of man). The Bible says, the sin nature in us.
God knew that. And that’s why He needs to give us a NEW life. Only the One who make us - and given us this life - will be able to give us a new life.
When we come to know Jesus, the Bible says we took on a new life. The old life is over, God makes all things new. Jesus puts it this way, "you must be born again." (John 3:3) It’s not a remake of the old; it’s new! It’s not just an improvement of the old; it’s a new life. God told prophet Ezekiel: "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you." (Ezek 36:26)
That’s what we experienced - we took on a new meaning and purpose in life. We can experience a new joy (not just a happiness based on the surrounding), a new hope (not based on circumstances) and we are looking forward to a home in heaven. The Bible says in v.18 "All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ..."
If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. What does this mean to us today? We must trust that God is able to make all things new.
(1) DON’T LIVE IN THE PAST
Don’t live in regrets over your past mistakes. Don’t live in guilt over your past wrongs.
Don’t live with "I should have done this or that... I shouldn’t have done this or that..."
Don’t live in failure… in hopelessness... in sorrow...
The caterpillar that has been transformed into a butterfly will never crawl again.
Our sin has been dwelt with when Jesus was nailed to the cross. God has forgiven us of all our sins.
· 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
· Heb 8:12 "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."
The Bible says, IN CHRIST I am a new creation.
I can now face life with confidence because of Jesus Christ.
Paul says, don’t "grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope." (1 Thess 4:13).
Jesus: "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)
If you are a Christian today, you are the child of the King of kings. And you can live like it.
Don’t live as if our God is defeated. Don’t live as if our God has failed.
That’s what baptism signifies - Rom 6:3 "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."