We go around at the end of December, wishing our friends and neighbors a Happy New Year. One year I got to thinking about the word new. Sometimes we hear of people getting new cars, new clothes or new jobs. We hear of a new baby being born . We hear of people who “turn over a new leaf”. But what does this mean?
What does the Bible have to say about new things?
Lamentations 3:22-23 -
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions
never fail. They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”
God’s kindnesses are new, every day! He finds new ways to tell us that he is still with us and we are still his children.
2 Corinthians 5:16-17-
“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. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.”
We all know the second part of this passage, but it’s the first part that caught my eye while I was preparing this piece. These words appear in a section headed The Ministry of Reconciliation. It starts with verse 11and goes into the next chapter, but I find the meat of the passage to be in verses 16 and 17. I take these verses literally.
For I will take you out of your nations; I will gather you from
the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will
sprinkle clean water on you and you will be clean; I will
cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I
will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will
remove form you your heart of stone and give you a heart of
Webster’s New World Dictionary defines the word new as;
1.) appearing, thought of, developed, discovered, made, etc. for the first time.
2.) Different from (the) one in the past.
3.) Recently grown.
4.)Refreshed in spirit, health, etc, as a new man.
Let us all be challenged by to search the scriptures for God’s meaning of the word ‘new’. Let us learn from our scripture search what it means to be ‘a new creation’.