New

Today is the third Sunday of the New Year. One may be contemplating the New Year with its new opportunities and adventures. The concept of “new” is often referenced in the Bible; 132 times the word “new” is found in the King James Version.

The word “new” is first used when Moses made record of a “new” king in Egypt who did not know Joseph (Exodus 1:8). And as holy writ came to a close, John wrote of “all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Let us notice some “new” things as referenced between the first and last records.

New Covenant

And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel (Hebrews 12:24).

The new covenant is the covenant promised by God and prophesied by His prophets. It is the new covenant in which sins and iniquities are remembered no more (Jeremiah 31:31-34). It is the new covenant purposed and perfected through the blood of the Son of God. It is the new covenant in which sins are forgiven and salvation is possible.

New Creature

Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (II Corinthians 5:17).

In obedience to the new covenant one is made a new creature. One is a new creature because he or she is born again (John 3:3); he or she is a new creature because they stand before God justified, being the servant of righteous and not the servant of sin (Romans 6:16-18).  

New Commandment

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another (John 13:34).

It is a new commandment because being new creatures under the new covenant we have the perfect example of Jesus. Jesus loved us so much He gave himself for us so we might be saved (Ephesians 5:25).

New Conclusion

Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness (II Peter 3:13).

New creatures, under the new covenant, following the new commandment are promised a new conclusion. In this world, man is not an eternal being, but God has made it possible to live with Him forever.

While traveling through the New Year let us keep our eyes on the new conclusion: eternal life in Heaven.

Tim