Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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Old Things Made New-#2


(Part 2)

 In part one, it was shown that man can "put on a new man" spiritually, being renewed or changed by God's word. This direction, instruction and allowance by God to change from the old man exhibits His love. In that He permits man to correct his failure to guide his own steps. In other words, he can become a new man with a new start (2 Cor. 5:17). We are assured by God that man has an eternal existence whether he puts on the new man or chooses to remain unfaithful to God as the old man. Our eternity with God depends on whether we put this new man on. Eternity is a concept hard to really comprehend because we are confined to a world that has beginning and end in everything. But the limited physical aspect is something all can fully understand. As this world and physical life decays around us we should be constantly reminded of the hope we have in eternity with God if we will just obey and put on the new man. In view of what awaits the church after this world or life here on earth passes, we take solace in knowing there is something new to look forward to. After all, if what we have in the flesh here on earth is all we have to look forward to, we are of men most miserable. (1 Cor. 15:19) Praise be to God that the "new man" his word creates is also promised a new body in the end. (Phil. 3:20-21; 1Cor. 15:35-58). We must be ever mindful that the place of eternal existence awaiting us after this life is going to be determined by how we spend our short time here in this physical world. Aging, sickness and death are reminders of this fast passing of the physical things. We must spend our time here in this body preparing for that new body that never grows old or falls into a state of disrepair. (2 Cor. 5:1-10) God is love and has given us complete control of our eternity. His love is extended to all, but all will not choose to accept his love and be obedient to him.God truly makes all old things new: a new spiritual man, a new beginning from sin, and a new body that awaits us in the end. Heaven will be full of new things that never grow old or decay. We as the church have this to look forward to. If we remain faithful until the end we are promised to receive that new crown of life (Rev. 2:10). No more sorrow, no more pain, and all things will truly be made new. (Rev. 21:4) Take comfort in these things. (1 Thess. 4:13-18)

Marc Hopkins