Saved by a Great God to do Great Things

07 Mar

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Every person in the World has been born. Every person whose been born, has had a sinful nature… Yet, everyone whose been born again, is born without a sinful nature. He’s become a “new creation,” and is currently only a faint mirror of Christ. Yet, like all babies, a new Christian will grow if he has milk, the ‘basic’ teachings of the Bible, to nourish his little self. – If he isn’t fed, however, he’ll end up nothing more than skin and bones; useless to everyone. – This is what Paul means, when he says, “The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” The old sinful nature is done away with, now we’re clothed in a new body! Still, as of yet, imperfect; we still have a physical body which defiles our Spiritual one. Yet when our physical body (finally) dies and returns to dust, our Spiritual selves will finally be taken to Heaven… In the mean time, we should be like Paul:

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. (Philippians 1:21-24)

He wanted to depart and be with Christ, but stayed in order to bring more to Christ. This is exactly how we should be; like mirrors, though somewhat dimly and not as clearly as when the layer of skin and bone will be removed, we are to reflect Jesus. What we do should reflect Him; likewise what we say, etc.. We should show our love for God, by our actions for Him.

The point being this: we’ve been changed by a great God, in order to (through, and in, His power) do great things in His name… Or, to say it as the Bible says it:

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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