Sunday, 21 September 2014
Rev Daniel Poon
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
This is a popular topic, and it’s not the first time we hear about having a new life, but today Rev Daniel has a new interpretation about being a new creation. Jesus said in Matthew 19:26 that “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” God has shown us all kind of signs and wonders so we know how real He is and how much He can do for us. God is so real, so Rev Daniel raise up three questions we should challenge ourselves in relation to receiving a new life from God.
1. What is a “New Creation”?
It’s stated in Galatians 4:7-8, “So then, you are no longer a slave but a child. And since you are his child, God will give you all that he has for his children. In the past you did not know God, and so you were slaves of beings who are not gods.” Being a new creation means that we are free, we are children of God, and God will give us all He has.
2. Why do we need to be a “New Creation”?
a. To Break Off – “The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.” (John 10:10) We need to break off the curses, the things we carried from this world, and believe that we are made new.
b. To Prepare – “And I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared and ready, like a bride dressed to meet her husband. I heard a loud voice speaking from the throne: “Now God’s home is with people! He will live with them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain. The old things have disappeared.” (Revelation 21:2-4)
3. How to become a “New Creation”?
God has already given the answer to us. As it is stated in 2 Corinthians 7:1, “Dear friends, we have these promises from God. So we should make ourselves pure—free from anything that makes our body or our soul unclean. Our respect for God should make us try to be completely holy in the way we live.” Rev Daniel encourage us to seek purity for our mind, body and spirit, to treasure this promise God has given to us, and to know that we HAVE to be 100% a new creation! Then God will help us and give us strength to be renewed completely.
Last but not least, Rev Daniel shared with us John 15:7-8, to remind us that our Abba Father is always with us, and will grant us whatever we ask for, as long as we truly and faithfully follow Him and seek Him. “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”