Summary: A New Creation, A New Covenant, A New Command, & A New Kingdom to Come! Link included to formatted MS Word text and PowerPoint Template.
All Things New
II Cor. 5:17
The concept of reincarnation imagines the dead being born again as someone else or something else, making a new start from a new perspective.
Poem by Wallace McRae:
"What does reincarnation mean?"
A cowpoke asked his friend.
His pal replied, "It happens when
yer life has reached its end.
They comb yer hair, and warsh yer neck,
And clean yer fingernails,
And lay you in a padded box
Away from life’s travails.
The box and you goes in a hole,
That’s dug into the ground.
Reincarnation starts in when
Yore planted ’neath a mound.
Them clods melt down, just like yer box,
and you who is inside.
And then yore just beginnin’ on
Yer transformation ride.
In a while the grass’ll grow
Upon yer rendered mound.
Till some day on yer moldered grave
A lonely flower is found.
And say a hoss should wander by
And graze upon this flower
That once wuz you, but now’s yer in
Yer vegatative hour.
The posey that the hoss done ate
Up, with his other feed,
Makes bone, and fat, and muscle
Essential to the steed.
But some is left that he can’t use
And so it passes through,
And finally lays upon the ground.
This thing that once wuz you.
Then say, by chance, I wanders by
And sees this on the ground,
And I ponders and I wonders at
This object that I found.
I thinks of reincarnation,
Of life, and death, and such,
And come away concludin’: Slim,
You ain’t changed, all that much."
Well, we all hope for a better new start than that someday, but it won’t be in this world.
Joke--the pastor trying to console the person on his way to the electric chair, knowing he would wake up in a new place no matter where he went. What do you say? “Good luck,” etc. were not appropriate. He finally said “more power to you.”
Someday we’ll have a new home, a new body, and a new start, but our text says we don’t have to wait…that all things are become new for the Christian.
We can be made new through the work of God in our life. Listen as I point out these facts about the work of God.
1. He Makes a NEW CREATION.
2. He Makes a NEW COVENANT.
3. He Makes a NEW COMMAND.
4. He Makes a NEW KINGDOM.
1. He Makes a NEW CREATION. 2 Cor 5:17
A. New Creation with a new Self.
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
B. New Creation with a new Song.
Rev 14:3 And they sang a new song before the throne…
That’s in heaven. And so is…
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
But the Bible says much more about our new song on earth…
OT David was a musician, and loved to sing songs, and comforted the heart of Saul as he did. But times were not always that rosy…God sent David thru some major heartaches and storms to prepare Him to be His man one day.
King David says in Psalm 40:1-3, “I waited patiently for the Lord and he inclined unto me and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall see it and fear and shall trust in the Lord.”
To have a personal relationship with God is to have a new song in your heart. You see, salvation and song are inseparable because the joy of the Lord generates music in the soul. When a person is in fellowship with the Lord through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, that person has a new song to praise the Lord.
Psalm 33:3 say to, “Sing unto him a new song: play skillfully with a loud noise.”
Psalm 96:1 says, “O sing unto the Lord a new
song; sing unto the Lord all the earth.”
Psalm 98:1 says, “O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand,, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
Psalm 144:9 says, “I will sing a new song unto thee O God; upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.”