Pastor Segun and Funke Obadje

August 5: Behold the New!

2 Corinthians 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.”

Isaiah 43:18-19

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
vs 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden did not only affect man’s nature, as in transmute it from being godly unto ungodly, it also pigmented man’s way of seeing things. When a man comes into Christ through new birth which means being born again, he becomes new spiritually. In other words, he has a new nature different from the old. With the new nature or life comes the capacity to fully reflect God as His image and His likeness or resemblance. However, the mind needs to be renewed to begin to see things from God’s perspective which is the same as that of the new man. This is the reason why 2 Corinthians 5:17 doesn’t stop at saying “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature” but goes on to say “…behold all things are become new.” The word ‘Behold’ here means that we need to look at things intently, deeply and differently; we need to see the new things that we are in Christ through the eyes of God. We need to see them through the eyes of faith, and not with sensual eyes. The Word says “behold, all things are become new.” We need to see that all things in Christ have become new.

The old is passed away, the new has come to stay. Hallelujah! This is faith’s view or perspective of the man in Christ; it is victory’s perspective of the new man in Christ. We do not know any man any more after the flesh. We see things by faith now. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us that we, in Christ, walk by faith; and not by sight. We do not look at the things which are seen, for the things that are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:18).

We need to behold the new things that are in Christ; we have no business focusing on the old anymore. The old things of darkness, fear, disappointment, failure are passed away. The Word says in Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it…” The Word tells us not to consider the things of old; but to behold the new things that God has done in Christ, which means that we have to consciously exercise our mind to think in line with the new life, and not the old. Hallelujah!

 

My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of Jesus, I declare that I do not just look; but I see. I see things from God’s perspective; I see things of the new life as I meditate in the Word of God. Amen.

Further Meditation: Genesis 22:13; Ephesians 4:23.

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