In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth by the Word of His power. He filled the universe with His beauty, His joy and His glory. As a special act of love, God made humanity in His own personal image. Adam and Eve were the crowning act of creation, and they were blessed with a special place on earth in the garden of Eden. God?s plan was for all people to live with Him forever, like Adam and Eve, in perfect fellowship!
But they disobeyed God, and the beauty of God?s handiwork was spoilt by their sin. As a result, Adam and Eve were expelled from Eden, humanity was banished from God?s presence, and every part of creation came under God?s curse. Sin began to spread and take effect. Everything was subjected to futility. Sickness, pain and death polluted every part of God?s world.
THE GOD OF HOPE
But God did not abandon His world or the people He?d made. When He pronounced His curse, He offered the first promise of salvation ? a promise that pointed to Jesus.
God promised that the woman?s seed would crush the serpent?s head, and that the serpent would bruise the seed?s heel. This was fulfilled when Jesus died on the cross and destroyed Satan?s kingdom.
On the cross, Jesus paid the price of sin and released God?s new creation power. Calvary marks the end of the old and the beginning of the new.
The new creation has begun. In His resurrection, Jesus became the ?first-fruit? of the new creation ? which will come in its fullness when Jesus returns.
The resurrection from the dead and the redemption of the body are our great hope. When Jesus comes again, we?ll never have to face pain, sickness, sin, temptation, weakness, failure, death ? or anything which has to do with the old life.
Yet this new creation has already begun. Old things have passed away; all things have become new. People who are in Christ Jesus are participating now in God?s new creation.
My friend, if you?re a believer, you are in Christ; and the Bible promises that you already have:
? a new standing with God ? you?ve been justified, declared righteous by faith;
? a new relationship with God ? you?ve been adopted as God?s child, born into His family;
? a new fellowship with the Holy Spirit ? you?ve been indwelt and filled by the Spirit;
? a new life of freedom ? you?ve been set free from the power of sin, death and the devil;
? a new position ? you?ve been seated with Christ in heavenly places;
? a new destiny ? you?ve been promised a great inheritance as a joint-heir with Christ;
? a new security ? your old life has gone forever, and now you are hidden in Christ.
Praise God, these promises are true and glorious!
GOD?S WORDS FOR YOU
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
The earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
Creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
We also have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
1 Peter 1:3
Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
God predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.
Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever.
1 Peter 1: 23
You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.
He who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come to judgement, but has passed from death into life.
Through death, He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
You are of God, and have overcome, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4
You know Him who is from the beginning, and you are strong, and the Word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.
1 John 2:14
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs ? heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.
You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren. Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
YOUR FAITH DECLARATION
?I declare that I am a new creation in Christ. Old things have passed away, and my life has been made new.
I now walk in the power of Almighty God?s new creation, with my eyes fixed firmly on the hope of my calling.
I am being renewed every day by the Holy Spirit, who lives in me and fills me with God?s presence and power.
The Father has declared me righteous. He has adopted me into His family. And He has set me free from the power of sin, death and the devil.
I am now seated with Christ in heavenly places. I am a co-heir with Christ and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven.
I have been crucified with Christ, and my life is now hidden with Him in God, my Father.
I now live my life in the body by the faith of Jesus, who saves me by His grace.
My new creation passion is to live for my Lord and my God, and to love and enjoy Him forever.?