There are two times during the calendar year that we reset our schedules and our thinking. One is September. Summer has concluded, activities slow down some, and another school year starts. It’s the time of the year when you wonder, are you ready for a new beginning?
The second one is the New Year. It is seen as a new beginning for many. The holidays are over and life slows down. We start to rethink our budgets and commit to diet and exercise. We also resolve to make some changes in our lives. Many of those resolutions never come to pass.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17
In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul writes about how we can become new. The chapter starts by telling us that when we die we will receive new bodies. He continues by saying; we grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.
In verse 5 Paul writes that this is a sure thing. It is for all who have accepted what Jesus has done for them on the cross. The verse says; as a guarantee God has given us his Holy Spirit.
That information is good stuff. I look forward to going into eternity with Jesus and a brand new body. But what does that mean to us right now, today? I am ready for a new beginning, but does that mean I have to die to get it? Not by a long shot!
Jesus Gives Us A New Beginning
When you jump down to verse 15 here’s what you will read.
He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. 2 Corinthians 5:15
That new life Paul was talking about is life here on earth. The first thing that is new about it is the way we see Jesus. Verse 16 says
. . . at one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 2 Corinthians 5:16
That brings us to our verse for today. This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! I love the way the King James Version words the second part of that verse. “Behold, all things are become new.”
The word “behold” means to see or observe (a thing or person, especially a remarkable or impressive one). You are a new person in Christ and your life is remarkable. You are impressive!
Verse 20 goes on to say;
So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20
An ambassador is a respected official acting as a representative of a nation. He or she is an authorized messenger or representative.
What an honor it is to represent our Lord Jesus Christ. We are called specifically by Him, making us His authorized messengers.
A New Beginning Is Available To Everyone
At the beginning of the year or anytime during the year remember this. You are a new creation if you know Jesus. Are you ready for a new beginning?
If you don’t know him yet, are you ready for a new beginning? Ask Him to be a part of your life. He died on the cross and rose from the grave for you. He is waiting for you to ask forgiveness of your sins and receive Him for yourself.
Paul gives great instruction and encouragement in 2 Corinthians 5
We can’t experience the new until we allow things to be different in our lives. You can read a post that talks about that called And We All Shall Be Changed
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