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John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

MONTHLY LESSONS DESIGNED TO CONVERT.

 

August, 2019 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“New Beginnings!”

The spring of each year brings about new growth and reminds us all of newness, a fresh start, and a recognition that we need to assess our goals. Although, we usually use the first of each New Year to establish certain life priorities, it is vital that we take stock of these and refocus our efforts to improve our station in life!

Many of our goals require that we start something fresh, a completely new practice, and a regeneration of ourselves in order to cease the things that kept us from moving forward; as our intent may have been at the beginning of the year.

The God of heaven is the God of new beginnings!

This was expressed to Christians by the Apostle Paul, defining the blessings they have found from God, note:

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

God’s revelation to men abounds with language and illustrations concerning this concept of new beginnings; however, the most prominent of these are found in the teaching of a “new birth” and the act of “regeneration”. These two terms do not represent different stages in the spiritual experience, but represent the same event in different terms.

The Apostle Paul would write to the Christians in Rome and remind them of their new beginning and what that should mean to them at this time, note:

Romans 6:3-7Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.”

The Apostle Peter would use a similar representation when he wrote to Christians scattered into northern Asia Minor, reminding them of the value of their re-birth, note:

1 Peter 1:22-25Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.”                                                             

In these two references by Paul and Peter, we see the two prominent references to new beginnings; “New Creation” and “Born Again”. In both passages newness is described as a clean break, the past erased or forgiven, and a transformation into something new – something better. This new beginning is a start towards something that will transcend this life and that is where the true value of this new walk truly finds its worth (value, substance, significance – you get it!)!

The Apostle Paul, writing to Titus, as Titus was on the isle of Crete, would establish this value to Titus who was then to share it with the Christians there, note:

Titus 3:3-8For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.”

Note that Paul starts off by bringing up their existence before they were regenerated (foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving lusts, malice, envy, and hating). However, they were saved in the regeneration of the washing of water (not a bath, but the answer of s good conscience towards God through baptism - 1 Peter 3:21There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”; and the renewing of the Holy Spirit (this is by the knowledge of the revelation of Jesus Christ that when we believe it and trust it, seals us with the Spirit - Ephesians 1:13In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise”.

Through this process these Christians became heirs of eternal life; the true beneficiaries of the loving kindness of God, whom is the Father of new beginnings! This process is then maintained by carefully following the instruction of the word of God that leads to the good works that are profitable for an heir of God!

This year, when you are contemplating the progress of the goals you have undertaken and evaluating any renewed efforts; please consider carefully your need to reconcile yourself with God! This is the point of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, note:

2 Corinthians 5:18-21Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Hear these words of salvation, believe them with all your heart, repent of the life of rebellion against the will of God, confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins.

Acts 8:36-38Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”

37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”

And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.”

A TRULY NEW BEGINNING!

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