Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

A new creature in Christ!

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

A new creature….yes, but still a creature. A creature brought into the path of light……and for the Creator’s Purpose.

None of us is without purpose.

2 Timothy 1:9 “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,”

Now He has a purpose for us through grace.

It is not of merit,….we do not earn it….we do not deserve it….but we are given it.

And we are given the grace to fulfill it….as it is made known and comes to us….and a blessing for being faithful in it.

“A fool is he who through this life,

Pursues the clouds he cannot own;

And leaves a wealth of things undone,

His tomb, a final stepping stone.”

We would deal with the “wealth of things undone”.

I would not want anyone to look back….never a good thing, unless the Holy Spirit is pointing our something to you that needs to be dealt with….

….but we all have promises unkept…..things we have prayed for, yet not held on to…..

…people we come into contact with that we have felt we should witness to….yet we are not diligent in the time, and miss it.

When we are His Will,…..we manifest His presence, without saying a word…..when the Holy Spirit is unquenched, or unstifled within us….His Light shines through us in our actions and attitudes.

Romans 8:32 “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

This is to be a creature…..but a new creature in Christ Jesus, showing what Christ has done for us… our everyday lives.

The moving finger writes

And having writ, moves on…

And all your piety nor whit,

Shall lure it back…

To cancel half a line,

Nor all your tears wash out a word of it.”

We reap what we sow, to one degree or another.

Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

As Christians we have all been given seed to sow…..yet are we sowing seeds to eternal life, or seeds of strife, envy, and bitterness?

Psalm 126:6 “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

This we are to do…..going out and sowing seeds of the gospel….to eternal life. You may not see fruit immediately, but when the harvest is come, you will certainly receive your reward for your faithfulness.

Galatians 6:8 “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

To sow to the flesh….is to put our feelings, our desires, our lives before Christ and His Will.

To sow in the Spirit is to yield to the Spirit in word, and deed…..leaving any fruit bearing to Him.

As the creature, we must accept from His hand, that which He sends to us.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

How many times the Lord has reminded me to “give thanks”!

And when we “give thanks”, we show that indeed we are a new creature in Christ Jesus.

Others may sing when things are good,…..but giving thanks for even the trials and “bad things” is only given us by the Holy Spirit…..and there is a blessing attached to it…..for it is the Will of God in Christ Jesus

Some day all will be concerned about their standing before God.

In that day, some will be grateful that God kept after them……”well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

And in that day some will wish they had never been born…..

Would some winged angel, ere too late,

Arrest the yet unfolded scroll of fate;

And bid the stern recorder otherwise…

Register….or quite obliterate.

But once we are born….we are eternal creatures.

We will exist for eternity in heaven with Christ Jesus;

Or in the Lake of fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

My prayer is that none that goes to the Lake of fire will be able to point to me and say…..”if you had only told me!”

Let us, as His new creatures in Christ, pray and witness, and give thanks….let us be what His Salvation has made us……new.

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