ALL THINGS NEW
“Behold, I make all things new…these words are faithful and true.” (Rev. 21:5)
New things are certainly on our minds these days! When we built our big house on Rothsville Station Road in 1997, we thought we would live there until Jesus comes or we go to heaven. Now we are in a new (to us…it was built in 2008) house as we begin a new year. It already feels like home!
We enjoy not having any stairs! It’s marvelous to walk easily into our office just steps away from the living room or kitchen.
Our church will soon also move into new facilities. Leaders project that we will begin worshiping in the new sanctuary on March 8. By God’s grace, we have outgrown the space we have been using since long before we became members.
As I pondered so many new things in our lives right now, I thought of the Scripture above—and about a saying I heard years ago: “He’s not making ‘all new things’; He’s making all things new.” He is making ME new! He’s making YOU new, too, if you are cooperating with Him.
To many moderns, the Star Wars sagas represent the latest and best human technology and science. But the Bible says, “…eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (I Cor. 2:9)
I’ll never look anything like R2D2 or C3PO. My future is far grander! MY destiny is conformity to the image of God’s Son Jesus, the REDEEMED SELF of every child of God! (Rom. 8:29)
Experiencing new birth (John 3:7) initiates a most remarkable process. When I identify myself by faith with Jesus, Paul, the apostle, says that I’ve become a new creation (II Cor. 5:17); old things have passed away to make way for the new.
This truth, however, has some built-in angst for every honest believer. I’m new, but I’m not perfect! I find some temptations difficult to resist. I do things I don’t want to do, and I often have to make myself do what I know I should. (
Paul had the same problem. (Rom. 7:15-25) We all do! But God has a solution! In his Bible notes, Dr. C. I. Scofield taught that when a believer receives Christ, he receives standing with God which is a perfection entirely resulting from the finished work of Christ. Nothing in the subsequent life of the believer adds in the smallest degree to his favor with God. Faith alone confers such a standing in God’s sight, and before Him the weakest, most ignorant man on earth, if he be but a true believer in Jesus, has precisely the same title as the most illustrious saint. (Confirming Scriptures: We are sons of God – Jn. 1:12; I Jn. 3:2; we are heirs of God – Rom. 8:17; we are complete in Him – Col. 2:10; we are justified and have peace with God – Rom. 8:1-2; we are accepted in the Beloved – Eph. 1:6; we are sealed with the Holy Spirit – Eph. 1:13; et. al.) None of these blessings is said to be gained by prayer, diligence of service, church-going, fasting, holiness of life, or good works. All is the gift of God through Christ via faith and belongs equally to all believers. The instant he believed on Jesus, the brutal Philippian jailer (Acts 16) became a brother to and equal in privilege to Paul and Silas! What glorious good news!
But we also have a state, a host of shortcomings as did Corinthians and Colossians in Paul’s day. (Confirming Scriptures: They were contentious – I Cor. 1:11; carnal – I Cor. 3:1-3; puffed up – I Cor. 4:18, 5:2; litigious – I Cor. 6:7; and immoral – I Cor. 6:15; Col. 3:8-9). While practicing biblical discipleship is helpful, it does not eliminate the problem.
That’s where God’s solution sanctification comes in. My standing means that, because of my faith in Christ, my Father sees me perfected in His Son (I Cor. 1:30). What an exalted position I enjoy! Hallelujah! My state (or walk), however, includes daily failure to live like Jesus, That’s my condition. Pitiful!
The sanctifying ministry of God’s Holy Spirit operates in my life to bring my state or condition into alignment with my standing (position.) As I study God’s Word to learn His will and His ways, He solicits my cooperation to conform me to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29). I like to tell people that my standing is what God knows is true of me because of my relationship to Jesus; but my state is what Ruth has to live with every day. Naturally, she really wants me to get fully sanctified as quickly as possible! I don’t blame her! One of the greatest miracle of the 21st century is how she has put up with me for 56 years as of next June!
I tell her to keep praying because I have a Bible promise that it will happen. “…we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary light afflictions is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (II Cor. 4:16-18) We are not replaced – “all new things,” but, “all things new” – we get transformed!
The old is still passing away and the new work in each of us that God wants to do is just around the corner, awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God. (Rom. 8:19) So keep watching and waiting: Our redemption is drawing nigh! (Luke 21:28) Hallelujah!
Wayne and Ruth