Posted by: missionventureministries | January 11, 2018

BEHOLD I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW – Revelation 21:5

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”  (Revelation 21:5)

As we begin a New Year, it is a good time to consider that glorious time that will one day come when Christ will make everything new again. In the present era, all things will grow old like a garment” (Psalm 102:26), because we are under the bondage of the universal law of decay and death; but the true Christian should never loose hope because: “in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). There, in the “new Jerusalem,” we shall each have “a new name” and sing “a new song” (Revelation 2:17; 5:9). 

Since our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:20-21), we should rejoice at the wonderful promises the Lord has given us. 

Christ told us that: “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2). 

He gave us the glorious promise that all the old and dying things will be completely and forever gone. “There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4). 

What a “Happy New Year” that will be! In the meantime, we have His “new covenant” and have each been made “a new creation” in Christ (Hebrews 12:24; Galatians 6:15). Since all His words “are true and faithful,” we know His promises are sure. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). 

You might be asking: ‘How can I know that I am a new creation?’ The answer lies in the first part of the verse: ‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation’ only those who are saved, those who are in Christ are a new creation. If you have truly believed in Jesus Christ to be your Savior and you have made Him the Lord of your live, you have become a new creation. 

Before we were saved, we were controlled by our old nature, and we were all slaves to sin. Sin dominated our thoughts and actions like a hard and cruel taskmaster and we were helplessly under its control. 

We served sin and suffered all the unpleasant effects that came with it: hatred, bitterness, deceit, strife, jealousy, rebellion, pride and lust. But all that has changed for those who are in Christ. Through His power we are liberated and delivered from the power of sin. Although sin may still be present in our lives, its power over us is now broken. 

Those who are not in Christ yet cannot enjoy such freedom from the power of sin. The old sinful nature is still very much alive in them and they cannot succeed to live the new Christian life, no matter how hard they may try, because they are still under the power of sin. 

Therefore, as the apostle Paul told the Corinthian Church we likewise need to: “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5)   

Please examine yourselves and ask this question: Do you still find yourself helplessly under the power of sin? Is your life still controlled by sin? If your answer to both of these questions is ‘yes’ then you are not yet a new creation, and have no part in the new heaven and new earth. 

To walk in newness of life, is to exhibit a new quality of life. The Bible teaches that “we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). When you walk in a new life you will live for heavenly things and not for earthly things any more. 

You will be more concerned with the things of God than the things of the world, and with things that are eternal, rather than with things that are temporal, and with things that are above, rather than with things that are on the earth. 

If you are truly walking in newness of life, you will respond to the Word of God. You will listen to God when He speaks to you through His Word. You will be ready to do His will and take His Word seriously. Those who walk in newness of life will be moved and convicted by God’s Word. And they respond to that Word with prayer, trust and obedience. They are not just hearers of the Word, but also doers of the Word. 

If the Word of God that you have been receiving has made little or no impact on your life, this indicates that you are not walking at all in newness of life. And if you are still living in sin and you are under its power, then this is a strong indication that you are not saved. 

Jesus is waiting, for you to accept His free gift of salvation; it is up to you to let Him do this transforming work in your life. Then you can really look forward to the day when the Lord will make all things new, the great and wonderful day when you will dwell forever in the new heaven and the new earth. 

So, as we begin the New Year, let our heart focus on the words that God has spoken to us in Revelation 21:5 

‘Behold, I make all things new!’ 

We hope and pray that you will be part of this glorious day!

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