2008 is soon going to be upon us: a new year, a new start, a fresh slate. Many will make their list of resolutions for the new year – a quick way to clutter up that fresh slate in one fell swoop. We are never certain what the new year has in store for us. We hope for prosperity, health, love – and more. That is the happiness of the new year.
There is another “new” that is to be celebrated: one that I am praying will be experienced by many this coming year. That “new” is a newness of creation.
Romans 2:5-6 states:
But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to every man according to his deeds..
Because of this fleshy, inborn, stubbornness, one needs to come to the mercy of a just God. God made a way for this to happen.
Romans 3:19 – 26 states:
Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law; that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
So God provided Jesus Christ as a substitute for the death (wrath) sin has brought upon us. Having faith in Jesus Christ is the key to God’s righteousness being imputed (given as if it were yours, even though it isn’t!) to you.
Believe me, this IS good news! Okay, so how does that get me to a point where I can say to you that there is a “new” to be happy about this new year? Well, let me take you to one more piece of Scripture.
2Corinthians 5:17-18 states:
Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation..
There is a site I’d like to urge you to look at. It will thoroughly explain what I’ve been trying to say here! It is from Pastor Erik Raymond’s blogsite and it is about this Free Gift of salvation.
May you be blessed this upcoming year. May old things pass away and new things come to those who believe.