I often hear people say they long for the good ole days. The Lord spoke to his people Israel through the prophet Isaiah concerning this perspective. Something better than the good ole days was coming.
“Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour …
Remember ye not the former things,
neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing:
now it shall spring forth … “
The people of Israel remembered the glory days of Kings David and Solomon, the great temple, and the peace that reigned in their land. They remembered the former things, but forgot both the sin that captured them and the God who had delivered them. The Lord God promised the people a new thing – a new work.
“This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise … thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions
for mine own sake,
and will not remember thy sins.
Put me in remembrance:
let us plead together; declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.”
The new thing God would do for Israel’s people, He would do for us in Christ.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
Old things are passed away –
The person we (who are in Christ) were born as, has died with Christ. All our sin, failures, weaknesses of the flesh have been nailed to his cross.
- that our old man is crucified with him that the body of sin might be destroyed,
- that henceforth we should not serve sin.
- For he that is dead is freed from sin …
- For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.” Romans 6:6,20
Many who are in Christ still cling to the guilt of the former life. Jesus took our guilt upon himself. The former life was lived in slavery to sin. In Christ, we have died to sin and been freed from its power over us. Since God declares us not guilty through Christ, we need to forget our past failures and remember the new thing God has done in us through his Son.
All things are become new –
- “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:
- that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life …
- now being made free from sin, and become servants to God,
- ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:4,22
In The Old Life we were –
- “dead in trespasses and sins;
- Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world,
- according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
- Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past
- in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind;
- and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” Ephesians 2:1-3
Apart from Christ we are a people without hope.
The New Life given to us by God –
“who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we dead in sins,
- hath quickened (made us alive) together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved:)
- And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: T
- hat in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus …
- For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
- which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:4-7,10
In Christ, we are cleansed and made new. Our sin is remembered no more. We are under God’s blessing.
“As far as the east is from the west,
so far hath he removed our transgressions from us …
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man,
unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, saying,
BLESSED ARE THEY WHOSE INIQUITIES ARE FORGIVEN,
AND WHOSE SINS ARE COVERED.
BLESSED IS THE MAN TO WHOM THE LORD WILL NOT IMPUTE SIN.”
Psalm 103:12; Romans 4:6-8
Have you received new life in Christ? You are blessed.