“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, “ - Philippians 3:!3
When we receive Jesus Christ as the Lord of our lives, we step into a new way of existing. One that wasn’t there before. Scripture reads, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Suppose you wanted to gift your old phone to a family member, in-order for it to function for them, you would have to remove all your personal data, refresh the entire phone through a factory reset and then give it to them. The same phone would now be as good as new with no evidence of any of your old photos or any other data. There may still be a scratch on it that shows it was a used phone but the function of the phone that matters, its internal software is as good as new!
By God’s love for you and I, He sent his one and only son – Jesus, to die for us so we could be reconciled to Him, not counting our sins against us. (2 Corinthians 5:19).
It is by God’s grace, through faith that we have been saved. Now that we are saved, our responsibility and desire should be to press out of the old self and press into the finished works of Jesus. The Bible says it like this, “put off the old man, put on the new man.”- (Ephesians 4:22-24). This is enabled, quickened and strengthened through continuously renewing our minds by studying the word of God. (Romans 12:1). This new self that we have become, is created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:24)
Have you by faith believed that you have received this reset? A reconciliation to God through the work of the cross. Are you walking according to the new man?
Hebrews 3:15 reads, As has just been said: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion." Let us take a hold of God's promises by faith as we labour to enter His rest so we too shall not fail to enter in as some of the Israelites who failed to enter into the promised land following their example of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:9-11).
Thanks be to God for His free gift of Grace and salvation through his son Christ Jesus.