Today's Bible Readings
     Exodus 17
     Job 35
     Luke 20
     II Corinthians 5
''Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (II Corinthians 5:17)                         ·
            II Corinthians 5 is one of the most powerful chapters in the Bible. We should memorize the entire chapter and not just one verse. Paul is presenting some of the most glorious truths of the Christian life. He tells us that because of the resurrection, we will someday be clothed with a new body and He has given us the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of that glory to come. (Verses 1-8)
            In light of this truth, we are to live our lives to be well pleasing to Him because we will someday stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to receive reward for everything done in the body whether good or bad. (Vs’s 9-11)
            Paul comes to the very essence and heart of the Christian life when he deals with the results of our reconciliation with Christ. Because of all this, we have become a new creation, literally a new kind of species; indeed, old things have passed away and all things have become new.
            As I remember my personal experience of salvation, I reflect on a time when I began to hate the things I once loved, and I began to love the things I had once hated. When we are born again, the Holy Spirit begins to work His new creation in us and there will come a time when there is nothing remaining of the old life. Our old gloomy outlook disappears, as does our old attitude toward things and ''all things are of God.''  (Vs 18)
            It is certainly possible for the Child of God to be attracted to the world's system and to be tempted to sin. The difference is before we come to Christ we leaped into sin and loved it. Now, the child of God lapses into sin and loathes it.
            On one occasion, I was confronted by a skeptic who said, ''you are one of those that believe in eternal security. That means you believe that once you are saved you can sin all you want to and still go to heaven.'' Even though that did not sound right at first, the more I thought about it, the more I knew he was exactly right. I responded, ''yes, indeed, I do sin all I want to, but when God saved me He changed my want to."
            One of your birthmarks as a Child of God is the evidence in your lifestyle that old things have passed away and all things have become new.  Religion never accomplishes that, but a relationship with Jesus always does.
            This may be a good time to examine your life in the spiritual mirror of the Word of God. (II Corinthians 13:5), (II Peter 1:10) What understanding do you have of the salvation of your soul? The work of salvation means that in your real life things are dramatically changed. You no longer look at things in the same way. Your desires are new and the old things have lost their power to attract you. One of the tests for determining if the work of salvation in your life is genuine is - has God changed the things that really matter to you?
            I remember returning home from the youth camp where I was born again. Nothing seemed the same in my daily routine or environment. What difference has my salvation and sanctification made? For instance, can I stand in the light of I Corinthians 13, or do I squirm and evade the issue? True salvation worked out in me by the Holy Spirit frees me completely as long as I ''walk in the light as he is in the light''. (I John 1:7) God sees nothing to rebuke because His life is working itself into every detailed part of my being, not on the conscious level, but even deeper than my consciousness. It is absolutely incredible to know that I am a new kind of species in Christ.
            As we continue to bring China to the altar before God, don't forget to pray especially for Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a mountainous peninsula of 422 square miles and 230 islands. The population of Hong Kong now exceeds 9 million people. Though it is exceptionally modem, exciting, and beautiful, it is also a nightmare of traffic problems and can, at times, become an urban quagmire.
            You do not have to go far in Hong Kong to find places even more unusual than the city itself. Just venture a small distance to launch a boat and discover the phenomenal ''boat people'' of Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, literacy is at 92% and the official languages are English and Putonghua, but Cantonese is widely used. There are a total of seven languages.
''God does not always put a new suit on an old man, but He never fails to put a new man in an old suit." Selected