The Old has Gone, the New has Come

​Paul writes to the church at Corinth these familiar words: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” In this one verse Paul contrast the old with the new and reveals that whatever is referenced as old is to pass away. The NIV of the Bible states specifically that “the old has gone.” As we begin another New Year I am amazed at how much of what represents the “old” in our lives and families still remains. Mounces Complete Expository of Old & New Testament Words refers to this word, old, in a number so ways. First, old meant “bearded” and referred to a man coming into adulthood and also to one who lived long.  In an age when people usually did not live long, becoming old was viewed as a blessing (Prov. 17:6). In this sense, old was to reflect maturity or the ability to overcome those things that consistently hindered one’s ability to experience true victory in Christ.  Metaphorically, this term referred to the enduring richness of the Word of God in contrast to the powerlessness of our old natures (Rom. 6:6).
 
Every individual is aware of his or her “old nature.” Spiritually speaking, this nature is corrupt and is the source of every act of disobedience and rebellion.  It is the old nature that has contaminated every person’s ability to walk in the fullness promised to them by God, the Father. It is the old nature that clings unrelentingly to a person’s life crippling their ability to change! I challenge each of us to seriously look at our lives as we begin this New Year and examine what things are being brought into another year that should have already gone away? If one is real, he or she would have to confess that the - old nature - still has control in some areas of their lives.  These are not new challenges, but represent “advantages of the enemy” that have become a deep-rooted part of our DNA.  Christ has not only called us to experience the death of old things in our lives, but to pursue new things in their place.  This is the root of the problem faced by most individuals—they desperately want to be free from the old strongholds in their lives, but have no vision of the new they are called to pursue, realize, or become.
 
The Bible confirms that “the new has come.” In other words, the ‘new promised by God’ is already a completed work.  It has already been accomplished in Christ. Jesus has made all things new.  As a result of His sinless life and victory over sin and death, nothing is the same. This should also include everyone who has put their trust in Him. The KJV of this verse reads this way: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” A literal interpretation of this verse implies that anyone who puts his or her trust in Christ is made a new creature. This means that whatever represented the old cannot remain because of the new relationship now established in Christ. Thus, the conclusion is made that “old things are passed away.” In the spirit, this is reality that Christ accomplished by His obedience and sacrifice on behalf of all mankind. The only thing left is for the believer to now experience the newness in all things that is theirs as a result of being in Christ – or putting their trust in Him. The vision is “for all things to become new.”
 
God’s will has not changed! Every human being can experience new life by believing in Christ as the only begotten Son of God. But this ‘new life’ was never limited to the experience of salvation – believing and accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Rather, salvation was to be experienced in every part of a person’s life. Your thought life was to become new.  Your struggle with sin was to become new in that you were to experience victory and not defeat.  Your habits were to become new. You were to have new habits or habits that reflected obedience to Christ as opposed to old habits that caused you to fail and remain in bondage. You need a revelation. The old that you cling to or that clings to you literally prevents the new from becoming a reality in your life. You cannot have both the old and the new at the same time.  Like right and wrong, good or bad, obedience or disobedience, or light and darkness – they will not work together no matter how hard you try to make them.  In the beginning of this New Year, may you come to the realization that is not new, you must choose to let go of the old in order to experience the new. May the Word of God become your experience in 2016 – “the new has come.”

​In His Service,

Dr. Clarence V. Boyd, Jr.
Senior Pastor, RRTEC


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