“I am not awesome. Only God is awesome.”
That’s what went through my mind the morning I stood atop Panorama Point just above Paradise on Mt. Rainier. It was a stunningly perfect picture on a cloudless day. Peak after peak jumped up before me, like excited children, as far as the eye could see. Mt. St. Helens… Mt. Adams… Mt. Hood… all there in one spectacular, breathtaking view. Indeed, creation testifies of a magnificent Creator!
Then I thought, “If this old, fallen world is still this beautiful, I wonder what the new heaven and earth will be like.”
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5)
Did you know that God is already at work, making all things new? That’s even more exciting for me to take in than the view from Mt. Rainier! The moment we respond to His gracious invitation, entrusting our lives to our Creator, He saves us from sin, and we begin our walk in newness of life.
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)
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)
To encourage your faith in this truth, read: John 3:16-17; 6:63, 68; 10:10; 17:3; Romans 6:23; 8:2; Revelation 21:6.
God begins making all things new by starting with you!
What does this new you look like?
His life becomes your life
It’s called regeneration or the new birth. Spiritually speaking, when you ask Christ to forgive your sin and submit your life to His control, you are “born again.” It’s a secret act of God in which He imparts spiritual life to you. In other words, His life becomes your life. Just like babies come into this world physically hungry, your new life in Christ will be evident, in part, by your spiritual appetite. You will have a hunger for God’s Word and desire to grow in your love for God and others.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins… (Ephesians 2:1)
As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (1 Peter 2:2-3)
To encourage your faith in this truth, read: Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 1:12-13; 3:3-8; 11:25; Romans 10:10-11; Ephesians 2:1-8; Colossians 2:13-14; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3, 23
His righteousness becomes your righteousness
It’s called justification. This is a legal act by which God declares you righteous in Christ. He does this by His grace and through your faith. Mind you, it will take a lifetime for your practical righteousness to catch up to your positional righteousness, but from God’s point of view, the moment you entrust your life to Jesus Christ, you are given a righteous standing before God.
Understanding and believing this truth will liberate you from striving to make yourself “good enough” for God to love. It will give you a sense of peace and security as well, because you no longer have to fear the wrath of God. It was poured out upon Christ, for you, on the cross. He took your sin upon Himself, and gave you His righteousness. With this gift of grace comes the ability to now walk in right relationship to God and others. His Word teaches you what to do, and His Spirit enables you to start doing it. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to simply love, trust, and obey!
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
To encourage your faith in this truth, read: Romans 3:10; 5:6-10, 18-19; 1 John 2:1, 29; 3:7; Galatians 3:11; 2 Timothy 4:8.
His family becomes your family
It’s called adoption. This, too, is an act of God by which He makes you a member of His family. He invites you to relate to Him, now, as your heavenly Father. This new relationship comes with all sorts of wonderful blessings, rights, and privileges, including an eternal inheritance! As your Father, He takes care of your needs, leads you by His Spirit, lovingly disciplines you for your good, and gives you brothers and sisters to love, serve, and enjoy.
To encourage your faith in this truth, read: Romans 8:15-16; Galatians 4:7; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:5; 1 John 3:1-2.
His character becomes your character
It’s called sanctification. That is, you are freed from sin and made holy. You have a new identity in Christ. Your life is now set apart for God’s special purpose and glory. The sanctified life is both an event and a process. It starts in a moment of time, but also continues to progress as you grow and mature to be more like Jesus. Little by little, you (and others) will start to see the “new you” as your character and life choices begin to change, by His grace, for the better.
To encourage your faith in this truth, read: Romans 6:19-22; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 12:14.
His purpose becomes your purpose
It’s called reconciliation. In other words, once we have been saved from sin, we get the privilege of being part of God’s rescue mission to share His Good News (gospel) with others so that they can also be saved from sin. It’s been rightly said, “The only thing you can take with you to heaven, is others.”
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)
By sharing the gospel with others, they have the opportunity to believe, just like you and me. If they choose to respond with humble faith to His gracious invitation, they too will begin to experience that Jesus indeed makes all things new!
To encourage your faith in this truth, read: Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 1:15; 16:15; Acts 20:24; Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.