November 5: Old Things are Passed Away

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.

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Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life

When reading the Bible, it is important to observe what it says apart from what it does not say. Sometimes we assume that the Bible is saying something that it actually is not saying. We must be careful not to misinterpret or misconstrue the Word of God. We must let the Word say and mean to us what it actually means. For example, our opening verse tells us that if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. It does not say he is a converted creature. It says such person is a new creature. We owe it to God to be sincere and honest with the Word. Our thinking must be set in line with what the Word is saying to us, not what we presume it is saying. That’s what it means to handle the Word of God honestly, and not deceitfully. We must deal with the Word uprightly, commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. Furthermore, the Word tells us in the opening verse that for the man in Christ, old things have passed away. Note that it doesn’t say that old things are passing away. Whatever the Word says is true in every sense of it. For the man in Christ, who is born again, who is a Christian, who is a child of God, old things of the past life have passed away. As a child of God, you have to learn to reckon to yourself what the
Word says; count it so, see it so, and believe it so, because it is so. Hallelujah!

The man in Christ is a new creation, not a renovated or panel-beaten man. He is new in the sense of one that never existed before. Every child of God must come to terms with this fact because that’s the foundation of walking in the newness of life which we have received in Christ. You cannot truly give expression to the life of Christ in you without first coming to terms with the newness of nature and life that you possess in Christ. If you believe that you are just a forgiven sinner, and that old things of sin, failure, sickness and poverty are not passed away yet, but are just passing away gradually, it will be impossible for you to manifest the dominion of God’s life in you. Romans 12:2 tells us to not be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Renew your mind and begin to talk, act and give expression to who you are in Christ.

My Solid Front (Confession): 

I am born-again, a child of God; I have been washed in the blood of Jesus and born anew by the eternal Word of God. I am brand new, therefore my experiences are brand new, after the order of my new life. Old things are passed away; all things have become new. Hallelujah!

Further Meditation:

Ezekiel 36:26-27; Ephesians 4:20-32