A new creation in the New Year

2 Corinthians-5--17

The Verse of Day for January 1, 2015 is the perfectly suited for the first day of the New Year:

II Corinthians 5:17 [Amplified Bible]:

 “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [creation—a new thing], old things are passed away. Behold, all things become new.”

This verse also provides a perfect follow-up for the Verse of the Day on the last day of 2014:

Isaiah 43: 16, 18-19

I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. “But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Isaiah 42:9 makes known the same truth:

Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

“To do a thing” means “to work, to do, to make, to fashion, to improvise, to create, to produce.” In discussing the word “new” we find that term hadas is translated “new” in the sense of being fresh, recent—in contrast to the old or former. In Lamentations 3:23 the essence of the word “new” is “renewed”: God’s creation is renewed or refreshed by His compassion and loving kindness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 declares:

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not; they are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Isaiah 48:6 also reminds us that God is continually revealing “new things”:

Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have showed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.

In the New Testament the Greek word kainos is translated “new,” in terms of that which is “unaccustomed or unused, not “new” in terms of time, or recent but “new” as to form or quality (sometimes translated “fresh”); e.g. “new tongues” or “new covenant,” “new commandment,” “new creative act—new creation,” or “new man.”

As we begin the New Year, we anticipate an awesome display of the “newness” or “freshness” of the power of God, who declares: Behold, I make all things new (Revelation 21:5). In light of the newness of life created in Christ Jesus, on the first day 2015, here is a poetic exhortation to

Arise to a New Place

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven!

And the first voice which I had heard addressing me like

[the calling of] a war trumpet said, Come up here, and    

I will show you what must take place in the future.  

Revelation 4:1

 

In Christ you are free from the burdens you once bore.

The shackles of past shortcomings have been lifted,

For the yoke of guilt and shame you will bear no more.

Arise to a new place–all things I have shifted

 

The shackles of past shortcomings have been lifted.

No longer restricted, cast off every care.

Arise to a new place–all things I have shifted.

Even in darkest times I have always been there.

 

No longer restricted, cast off every care.

Released from bondage, reproach has been rolled away.

Even in your darkness I have always been there

Pure joy comes with the dawning of a brand new day.

 

Released from bondage, reproach has been rolled away

In a place where love abounds and peace never ends

Pure joy comes with the dawning of a brand new day

We walk together, hand in hand as faithful friends

 

Released from bondage, reproach has been rolled away

For the yoke of guilt and shame you will bear no more.

We walk together hand in hand as faithful friends.

In Christ you are free from the burdens you once bore.

Jump Street 3 offers a spirited, upbeat musical rendering of II Corinthians 5:17

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