Discipleship

The good news (old and new)

Sharing the gospel. Photo credit:radicallychristian.com

Sharing the gospel. Photo credit:radicallychristian.com

If you have a brand new car, would you keep it in the garage, go on with your old ways by taking public transport and be silent about your exciting new acquisition? Or, would you rather warm it up and give it a spin on the road and from then on make use of it every day?

If your life is in Christ, the only way to go is to move forward. A new realization and understanding of things always leads to a renewed action and a new direction. When you focus on a different priority, you begin to think differently and act differently. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2Cor. 5:17 ESV

Please note that he is a new creation, not a new creature. It denotes that a person is now different in a different kind of way although he remains that same person.   The pulpit commentary has this to say: “The phrase is borrowed from the rabbis who used it to express the condition of a proselyte. But the meaning is not mere Jewish arrogance and exclusiveness, but the deep truth of spiritual regeneration and the new birth”.

“The old has passed away” denotes that the old course of living, the old way of doing things and of serving God has been set aside. Instead, “the new has come” which signifies that a new course of life and a new way of serving God based on the principle of grace.

Same but different, or, different but the same – this is the irony of faith in Christ that results to a genuine change in the life of a person.

When a person encounters God, there is always a change that takes place. Always – because God’s grace is not without effect. When a believer receives a new life in Christ, would he stay indoors, in the comfort of his soft bed watching television shows or would he be really excited about it and start sharing it to his/her friends and family?

Without the gospel, all men are lost. A believer holds in his hand the capacity to make an impact in this world: he has this great responsibility that has eternal consequences. When men die, they either go to heaven in the presence of God or be separated from Him for the rest of eternity.

So, what is stopping us from sharing the good news of salvation to others?

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile”. Rom. 1:16 Berean Study Bible

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