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Convenient Truth: Day 3

If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.
1 Corinthians 5:17

What do you call one person who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? A Christian. What do you call two or more people who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? The church.

The church isn’t identified by certain activities, a particular type of building, or even a set of denominational beliefs. It is not sustained by membership, finances, or even wise long-range planning. The church is the original idea and sole property of Jesus Christ. Everything about it is His call. From membership to training programs, it is characterized by three things:  A new creation: As much as the world professes to like “new,” as in cars, clothes, and fads, it doesn’t really doesn’t get it. We live on a planet of recycled ideas, old sins, and failed theories (what else is evolution but tails and legs put on in novel ways?). When it comes to “new,” God is in a class by Himself.

Three times in Scripture, God creates something brand new out of absolutely nothing. The first time, in Genesis, He used the invisible—words—to produce the visible: a perfect, mature creation. The third time will be at the end of history when the present world will completely disappear “and a new heaven and a new earth” will come down out of heaven. (Rev. 21:1) Original creation out of nothing? No biggie. We are speaking of the sovereign God, after all.

However, if this is God’s standard of “new,” the standard He applies to His church, then that standard of newness must be possible—actually mandatory—for its members. Do we believe that whether we feel it or not? Do we believe that whether we want to or not?

I hope this picture will help:  Imagine a snake shedding its skin. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort, but a snake will take as long as necessary because there is nothing in that skin that the snake wants or needs, nothing of life or growth. The snake isn’t looking fondly back over its shoulder at its too-small, cast-off past; its whole motion, its every instinct, is propelling it forward.

Poof! Old creation gone—new one in its place. Apparently, God saves the easy ones for the created order. But the power that can call trees into being is the same power that produces new creatures in Christ. On the days when we are tempted to crawl back in our old skins, we need to remember that “newness” isn’t our idea, but His… not on our timetable, but His. We just need to keep moving forward.

Nancy Shirah

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