Pastor Bill talked about good news on Sunday. It wasn’t the main focus of his message but he mentioned how part of our response to sin (in our own lives and that of others) is to share the good news.
I want to share some good news today: you are more than the collection of muscle, skin, bones and blood from which you are constructed.
When a person hears and believes the gospel — the good news about Jesus — something miraculous happens. You may or may not feel it or see it in a tangible way, but here’s the way the Bible describes it:
- You are born again, this time born of the Spirit (John 3:5-8)
- You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- You are a child of God and a co-heir with Jesus, God’s firstborn (Galatians 4:7, Ephesians 1:5)
HEY, DON’T TUNE OUT IF YOU'VE HEARD THIS BEFORE. Think about it again, and ask God to show you a deeper level than you already know. There is always more to discover about this new life.
New Life, New Opportunities
This new creation that you have become, this inner reborn spirit person, has some fantastic advantages over your old physical self. This new person is:
- …reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18)
- …free of condemnation (Romans 8:1)
- …renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him (Colossians 3:9-10)
- …walking after the spirit, not the flesh (Romans 8:1)
- …created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:24)
- …dead to sin, dead to the law, but alive to God (Romans 6:11, Romans 7:4)
- …free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2)
- …renewed day by day, even though our outward bodies are fading (2 Corinthians 4:16)
- …able to do all things through Christ who provides strength (Philippians 4:13)
- …hears and recognizes the voice of God, your shepherd (John 10:4-5)
(^^ Not a complete list.)
Babies Grow, And So Should We
When a baby is born, they aren’t complete. They have some growing to do. They grow physically larger, stronger, and also their brains grow and allow them to coordinate the control of their bodies better. As their brains develop, they also gain the ability to think about things in different ways. They gain the ability to control their emotions and keep their emotions from dictating their actions.
Even after our bodies stop growing, there’s a maturing process that continues as long as we’re alive — if we let it. Can someone be 50 years old and still immature? You bet. In fact some of you might be thinking, “Teddi, do you really have to ask? Just look around!”
The same thing happens with our reborn spirit. We have the ability to hear God and recognize His voice, but unless we practice it, we miss a lot. We have the ability to master our carnal impulses, to overcome the emotional wounds and baggage we’ve collected over the years, but it doesn’t happen automatically. Jesus even said that we have the power to do “greater works” than he did, so the possibilities are pretty amazing.