2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 3:9-10, Ephesians 4:22-24
- What are some new things you have received in your life that were extra exciting because they were new?
- What do you think it means to be a new creation?
- What lies, fears, doubts and struggles are you letting define you right now? (Or what is constantly on your mind?)
Who doesn’t love new things?
New shoes that haven’t even touched the ground yet.
Slipping on that new dress you just bought.
Getting behind the wheel of a new car for the first time.
There’s something exciting about newness. There’s something pure about newness. When something is new it hasn’t been tainted by dirt or grime or old age. When something is new it is full of possibility.
Do you see yourself in the same way? Every day?
What you read in the Bible today proves that if you are in Christ, you are a new creation. When we come into a relationship with Jesus, he makes us new. This isn’t like when you buy used shoes and clean them up to make them look fresh. Jesus doesn’t just make you a better version of yourself. Jesus makes you completely new.
This word in the greek is “kainos” and is used in the Bible to talk about the new teaching and authority that Jesus spoke with (Mark 1:27); the new covenant that Jesus instituted when he died on the cross (Luke 22:20, Hebrews 8:13); the new command that Jesus gave to love each other as Jesus loved us (John 13:34); the new humanity that Jesus was creating when he died to unite us together as brothers and sisters in one kingdom (Ephesians 2:15); the promise of a new heaven and new earth we can look forward to when we die (2 Peter 3:13); the promise of God making all things new in the end (Revelation 21:5).
When Jesus came, he came to make everything new.
You are no longer defined by sin. You are no longer defined by your insecurities, lies, doubts, anxieties, fears, past mistakes or failures. Before Jesus, you were not enough on your own. You were constantly missing the mark. But now, because of Jesus, he has made you new.
Now, you are defined by the perfect life of Jesus. You are wrapped in his unfailing love. You are swimming in his ocean of grace.
And you want to know the best part? You can never be tainted, stained, or ruined.
When we get new things, it’s always sad to see that first scuff, that new rip, or that faded color. Nothing that is new can stay new forever.
Everything that Jesus came to make new will stay new forever. It will never be over-shadowed or taken over by something that is even more new. It will never spoil, fade, or grow old. And this includes us. What Jesus did on the cross to make us new can never be ruined.
So, yes, you will stumble, fall, fail, doubt, fear, and struggle. Being new doesn’t mean that you will all of the sudden live a perfect life, but it does mean that you are no longer defined by these things. What it does mean is that you will never lose your new identity. God will always see you as a new creation because of Jesus’s death and resurrection for you. Nothing you do can ruin the work Jesus did on the cross on your behalf.
You are new. It’s time to stop letting those lies define you.
- Write down a list of all of the things you are letting define you. Then find a creative way to destroy it to remind yourself that you are no longer defined by those things.
- How do we live in our new creation self? We draw near to Jesus who made us new. We draw near through intimate time spent together. We draw near to Jesus by setting aside time to be quiet before him, to pray honest prayers, to read the Bible and seek understanding, to spend time with people who know Jesus deeply and show us His character.