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

This is the first part of a series that Dad and I are working on called, “Old things made new.”  This series will focus on God’s grace in allowing us the freewill to become a child of his and his ability to forgive us of our wrongs if we are willing to do his will.  The series will hit on several points centered around on how that man can be made new if we follow God’s word. 

As we read the Bible, we learn that God is love and is always willing to give man a “new start,” through his love and he is faithful to forgive us our wrongs.  1 John 4:7 and 8 tells us, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”  Paul says to the brethren in Colosse in Col 2:13, “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” 

We also learn that man has the freedom of choice as we dwell in this physical life.  Gal 6:7 and 8 tells us, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”  These verses show that we have the freedom to choose who we serve and the consequences of choosing wrongly.  This brings me to another point, that man, left to himself, will make bad choices.  The only sure way for man to make good choices, is to choose to serve God and “sow to the Spirit” so that we can “reap of the Spirit everlasting life.”

As we have already discussed, man can make wrong decisions and find himself turning away and back into the world.  God always allows us a new start.  1 Jn 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Rev 2:10 also reminds us, “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you a crown of life.”

However just and full of grace that our God is, these blessings are only possible if man chooses to allow God’s word to change him.  And in doing so, the “old man” can be made into a “new man,” spiritually.  Eph 4:22 tell us, “that you put off, concerning you former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness an holiness.”

- Jordan Hopkins