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Vol.  10  No. 9 September 2008  Page 3
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Rodney Nulph


All Things New

By Rodney Nulph

While not being able to sleep one night, this author turned on the television, which was flooded with infomercials. One infomercial was attempting to convince viewers that within just a few days they could have newfound success, thus leading to complete financial freedom. Another infomercial boasted of giving viewers a new body in just 30 days, and yet another spoke of new and radiant skin that could be “yours within just a week.” These (and many other advertisements) simply reflect the society in which we live. Americans are always looking for new and exciting things, and yet the truth of the matter reveals that these are simply fabricated. New successes, new bodies and new complexions simply do not occur in the manner as some suggest. However, there is a newness that is seen in the one who follows Jesus. Obedience to the Gospel of Christ brings about a complete and entire newness to the one who truly submits to God’s will. The apostle Paul wrote, “…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). What “new things” are ours as Christians?

In the first place, Christians have A NEW DISTINCT IDENTITY. Children of God are no longer identified as servants of sin, but rather servants of righteousness (cf. Romans 6:17-18). Once a person submits to God’s plan of salvation, he is no longer a sinner but now a saint. We are then characterized as righteous and holy people (cf. Ephesians 4:24; 1 Peter 1:15-16). By way of illustration, it is like the youngster who rolls in the mud for an extended period of time, after which his mother calls him a muddy mess. However, once that youngster washes in the bathtub, it would no longer be proper to call him a muddy mess, for he is now washed and cleaned. The same is true for the one who is washed in the blood of God’s Lamb (1 Corinthians 6:11; Hebrews 10:22). Thank God for our new, distinct identity in Christ!

In the second place, Christians have A NEW DESIRED INTEREST. Before becoming a Christian, a person’s interests and concerns were worldly and carnal. He sought above all else to please himself and to gratify his fleshly lusts (cf. Ephesians 2:1-3). To the one outside of Christ, his ultimate concern is to please himself and to do what makes him feel good. However, upon true obedience to the Gospel, one’s interests change, and a Christian now longs to seek out what God desires for his life (cf. Matthew 6:33). The Christian’s new interest is seen in his quest after spiritual things (cf. Colossians 3:1-3). The Christian is no longer concerned with pleasing himself, but rather is completely concerned with JOY, which is Jesus first, others second, oneself last. Thank God for our new desired interest in Christ!

In the third place, Christians have A NEW, DETERMINED INTENT. I can recall so vividly many in the world with whom I have spent time working in secular works, how that their goal was simply to make as much money as they possibly could. They were interested in new material things and seemed never satisfied with the blessings of each day. Their determined intent or goal was simply to “get ahead” at any cost in the world in which they labored. How sad and how futile an endeavor indeed (cf. Matthew 16:26)! However, the Christian has a new, determined intent! Our intent or goal is now an eternal resting place from our labors (cf. Revelation 14:13). Heaven has become the main goal for the one who has been freed from sin (cf. Philippians 3:20-21). Thank God for our new determined intent!

Truly, all things are new to the one who has been obedient to the Gospel. Dear Reader, you may not enjoy new success, a new body or a new complexion, but you can enjoy the blessings of a new, distinct identity, a new, desired interest and a new, determined intent by following the Master! We implore each reader to heed the plan that Jesus gave in order to enjoy “all things new” in this life and especially in the life to come (cf. Revelation 21:5).

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