The Old has Gone, the New has Come

January 11, 2017

2 Corinthians 5:16-17

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. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 

The Old has Gone, the New has Come

  Have you ever known somebody from a distance and based on your outward observation you formed opinions of who he or she was and what he or she was like?  Later, you came to know this person on a much more personal basis and as you gained access to really know their heart, your opinions and judgements of them changed.  You came into a fresh and deeper revelation of who they were as a person.   Many people know Jesus from a worldly point of view.  They may know Him as a prophet, as a healer, as a teacher and even as the Son of God, but do they still only know Christ only from a worldly viewpoint?  Many of us have experienced a deeper revelation and more intimate relationship with Christ.  He has become so much more than a great and good person who walked upon the earth and impacted the history of mankind.  As we have come to know Him intimately we no longer see Him from that worldly viewpoint.  We have come to know Him after the Spirit.  We have come into an intimacy and knowing of the most personal kind.  We are coming to know Him not as just a Savior who awaits us in heaven, but as the person we walk with and fellowship with daily.  He knows our heart and daily He brings us more into the knowledge of His heart as we walk and share life with Him in that most intimate place.  There isn’t anything that we can’t share with Him and nothing that He doesn’t know.  The richest security and safety that we feel in Him is that even though He knows all of our weaknesses, our faults and our failures, He still loves us unconditionally. In our marriages we come to know each other’s weakness, frailties and faults quite well.  True agape, unconditional love is when, in spite of all those shortcomings we can love them just as much anyway.  It doesn’t mean we love the faults or we don’t want to see change, but personal dislikes or desires for their change doesn’t change the fact that we love them anyway and hopefully they love us the same way in return.  

When we come into Christ our viewpoint and paradigm has to be changed.  We are no longer that worldly person that we once were.  It doesn’t mean that those old ways suddenly all fall off, but in our inward man, our spirit, a transformation has taken place.  Old things have passed away and the new has come.  If we are intent upon knowing Christ now in this more intimate way then what began in our spirit will begin to permeate very part of our being, spirit, soul and body.  It will become our new paradigm and mindset that we now will operate out of.  While the transformation and habitation of our spirit changes immediately, the transformation of our soul and body is a work of salvation in progress.  Our salvation isn’t over and done with when we walk the aisle or give our heart to Christ.  It is just the “I do” that begins this marriage in His Spirit and life. In 2 Thessalonians 5:23 Paul prays, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  There is a progression of salvation from the inward to the outward.  This is completely the opposite of how the flesh approaches it.  We often think the better we are outwardly the more acceptable we are inwardly.  The Lord teaches us that if we learn to live out of the inward or spirit man, the outward will line up with our spirit.  His will, becomes our will, His thoughts become our thoughts and His desires become our desires.  In that intimate place we start living no longer after the man of the world, but after the man of the spirit.  The intimacy and relationship brings the transformation.  Little by little He deals with the different areas of our life and because we love Him we yield them obediently to Him, because we know that He has first loved us and gave Himself for us.   

As we enter a new year, He is much more than a New Year’s resolution.  May we have a New Year’s revelation of our life and being in Him.  Indeed, may old things pass away and all things become new in the light and glory of all that He is in us.

Blessings,

#kent

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