Always a lot of talk this time of the year about New Year Resolutions. They are made for the New Year. Some of them are good, and “if” followed would improve one’s life. Most of them will be physical, and pertain to this life only. Check any of the lists of “most frequent made new year’s resolutions”.
Have you ever noticed how many times and in how many ways God’s Word speaks of A New Life? We would like to look at some of these and those who made New Life Resolutions.
A NEW BIRTH: In John chapter three Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus with questions about the “Kingdom of God”. He was surprised by the answer Jesus gave. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (v. 3). Nicodemus responded with the question, “How can a man be born when he is old?” Jesus’ answer: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God!” Paul spoke of this in his letter to Titus. “Not by works done in righteousness which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. (v.5). Regeneration is renewal or restoration. The Spiritual renewal or revival. To begin a new life. Thus we are “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and abideth.” (I Peter 1:23)
When one is born again: New Birth, he begins A New Life. “Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4).
When one is Born Again, and begins to live A New Life, he is A New Creation. “Wherefore if any man is in Christ, ‘he is’ a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold they are become new.” (II Cor. 5:17). When one becomes a Christian, he is NEW, something that has never been before.
Paul refers to this as becoming A New Man. “…. That ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, that waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit; and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth.” (Eph. 4:22-23). Again in Col. 3:9-10: “….seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doings, and have put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him.”
Having put on the new man let us: “forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, I Press On toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:12-14).
We make the choice of experiencing A New Birth, in order that we might begin to live A New Life. Thus we become A New Creature, and are A New Man in Christ Jesus. All of this we do in order that we may receive that which is promised in Revelation 2:17. “To him that overcometh, to him will I give the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knoweth but he that receiveth it.”
May we all Resolve to live so as to RECEIVE THIS NEW NAME!