God

The old is gone. Don’t dig it up.

The Bible teaches us,

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Let’s unpack this pivotal verse and see what God reveals to us about our life.

First of all if anyone is in Christ, (is a true believer with an intimate personal relational with Christ) the rest of this verse is true about them.

the new creation has come–that’s you my brother and sister, the new creation. You are brand new in Jesus. You have a new life. You don’t have to do anything.

the old is gone. The word “old in this text is from our English word for archeology which means buried, irrelevant, gone, useless.

The Apostle Paul says that when we are united with Christ through faith in Him, it is like putting on new clothing. In fact, when Jesus saves us and gives us His Spirit, it’s like putting on a new set of clothes each day. So, if you’ve got a new set of clothes to put on you have to take off and destroy your old clothes.

Wouldn’t you love to be living that new life in Christ all the time?

But if you don’t bury your old clothes, what often happens is that something from that old self rears its ugly head and we find ourselves wrestling with a demon or two from that old buried life.

Sometimes, if you don’t bury your old clothes you can think something from your past will define your future. Maybe you dropped out, maybe you slept around, maybe you were in jail, maybe you were a drunk, maybe you were a thief. But who you’ve been does not define who you will be. We are not who we were; but we are still becoming who we are.

The Apostle Paul says that when we are united with Christ through faith in Him, it is like putting on new clothing. In fact, when Jesus saves us and gives us His Spirit, it’s like putting on a new set of clothes each day. So, if you’ve got a new set of clothes to put on you have to take off and destroy your old clothes.

Idleman
The inspiration for this post was a message entitled "The Old is gone, the new has come" by Kyle Idleman, Senior Pastor, Southeastern Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky. 

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