This is a part of a series
- A key choice: wisdom or faith
- Putting off the body of the flesh
- It’s a new beginning
- A new creation (not evolution)
- If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come
I want to encourage you, please learn about what Jesus did for you. Enter into what He has done for you. He made a way for you to walk out of all kinds of bondage – emotional, spiritual, addictions, mental and physical.
A new life
It’s not the same-old same-old. Not at all. It’s something entirely different, entirely new. It’s a new start to life, a new creation, an offloading of the old man and an accepting of a new life in Him.
Let’s listen to Jesus’ own words:
John 3:1-7 : Born from Above
There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. Late one night he visited Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we all know you’re a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren’t in on it.”
Jesus said, “You’re absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.”
“How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?”
Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom.
When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.
“So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak.
You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.”
Legally it’s over
We must first abandon our own efforts to achieve those things. We simply give up trying to make ourselves right and we takeon what He has done.
That is simply how we enter into His life and we when our sin is cleared out of the way (it doesn’t stand between us and God) then we live in a growing intimacy with our Father in heaven.
He takes us into the promised land of total and complete reconciliation and all the promises/blessings/inheritance of God become YES and AMEN to us because of our decision to base our righteousness in what Jesus Christ has done for us!
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. – 2 Cor. 1:20-22
Baptism… a memorable & visible act of faith
That’s why baptism can be a crucial moment in a believer’s life, because it’s the exact moment when you declared BY FAITH in a public act, that you have entered into His life and you are now hidden in Him and you no longer rely on your own righteous acts to get into a right relationship and into an intimate embrace with our Father in heaven.
Right… I’m off!
You know how the one season ends and a new one begins? Well, this is probably the last new covenant (God’s Kingdom) post for a while.
I’m about to go to Israel and enjoy my holidays and spend time just with God and worship Him on the Mount of Olives with my MP3 player blaring in my ears. Ah… the Mt of Olives… where He will be returning one day (to wipe away every tear) just as He left from there.
I’ll still be blogging, just on different topics. 😀