Precious New Possessions
II Corinthians 5:17
One of the greatest things in a person’s life without a doubt is when that person leaves the darkness of sin and the darkness of this world and steps into the light of the world, the lovely Lord Jesus. When a person forsakes sin and embraces fellowship with the Saviour. Now instead of living for self, they live for Christ. Now instead of living in the flesh, they live in the Spirit.
Now instead of viewing things from a carnal, humanistic point of view, they now see them in light of the cross. They are a new creature with new possessions. They have been born again. All the old habits, attitudes, values, and thinking begins to fade away and their new life in Christ starts to come forth. New life in Christ is a transformation from the inside out. All things become new. You see folks, salvation is not just a fire escape from Hell with no changes in your life!
No, rather once you get saved, born again, and trust Christ as your Saviour, you are given several new possessions as believers in Christ and what precious possessions they are! We see an example of just such a changed life in our text for tonight’s message. The Apostle Paul has gotten saved and everything about his life has been made new, fresh, and exciting!
If I were to ask for a show of hands here tonight and ask you to remember how you felt the day you got saved, many of you would no doubt recall, recount, and remember the joy you felt that day, the feeling as if a weight had been lifted off of your life, the new, fresh, and exciting things you wanted to accomplish for Christ, the Saviour that set you free from the burden of sin by taking your place on the cross of Calvary!
However, somewhere along the way, that newness, that freshness, and that excitement wore off and your Christian life has become more of a burden than a blessing. More of a chore than a commitment. More of a “I have to” than a “I get to.” Now folks, that’s only normal because even after salvation, we still do battle with that old sinful man, this world, and the Devil.
Yet when that newness, that freshness, and that excitement begin to wear off, it can be a good thing to remember the day! Remember just what new precious possessions you posses now as believers in Christ because these new possessions never get old! And this is what I want to speak to you on for a few moments here tonight and that is the subject of “Precious New Possessions.”
II Corinthians 5:17
The Bible says here that ALL THINGS become new. What are some of these things that become new? Well we see that the very first possession that becomes ours upon salvation is Repentance.
Possession # 1: Repentance
With Repentance we as believers now have a new mind about God. Repentance toward God is a turning of one’s heart to God. It is not an act or a work. It is a change of heart. It is turning to God from within. See, before salvation each one of us was turned every one to his own way as it tells us in Isaiah 53:6. It was all about us, the things of this world, and sin. We had no time or thought for God or the things of God! We lived for self, we lived for sin, we lived for fun, so on, and so forth. God was the furthest thing from our minds! But now that we have been saved, now that Christ has bought us with His precious blood, we repent or turn from those things to Him!
Now instead of being consumed with ourselves, we’re consumed with Him! Instead of being consumed with sin, we’re consumed with the Saviour! When we sin, it bothers us because we know it bothers God! We want to live our lives now not in light of this world but in light of the cross! We no longer think of sin as fun because we see it how God sees it and that is He hates it!
Repentance requires taking in a whole new point of view; looking at it God’s way. And when we got saved, that is what God gave us, a new mind about God, to see things the way God sees them! See folks, it doesn’t matter what I think or you think. All that matters is what God thinks and when get to that point in our thinking, we truly take hold of this possession of repentance!
Possession # 2: Justification
When you and I got saved, we became justified before God or in other words we have a new state before God, a new standing. No longer is there the barrier and alienation of sin. Being justified has removed the offense of sin in God’s eyes and because of that we are at peace with Him. I once heard Justification defined as just as if I had never sinned. And to a point, that definition is true because God when we get saved remembers our sin no more! Why? Because we now posses Justification, a new state before God.
Possession # 3: Regeneration
Before salvation and before Christ, you and I were dead in trespasses and sin. Yet after we accept Christ as our Saviour, the Bible says He quickens or makes us alive and that is what Regeneration is, a new life from God. Now what is interesting here in Titus is we see an explanation if you will, a breakdown of just what our lives were like before salvation and before Christ! We see clearly a compassion between the old life vs. the new life. We see clearly a picture of Repentance, Justification, and now the possession of Regeneration, new life in Christ!
We see the truth that before we were saved, we lived in foolishness, disobedience, were deceived, pursued lusts and pleasures, lived in bitterness and envy, were hateful, and hated others. But the clear implication is that that sort of living ought to be in the past. We should now have a new mind, Repentance, about these things! The word translated as sometimes here in verse 3 has the sense of ‘formerly.’ It refers to the time before we were saved. But now as God’s people, these sort of things ought to be done away with when you and I have new life in Christ!
And we see through the kindness, love, and mercy of God; He saved us and regenerated us so that we being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Because of His mercy and grace by which He has saved us, regenerated us, and justified us; we therefore have become heirs of God through Christ Jesus. And on top of that, (“according to”) we have the hope of eternal life. Thus, our justification is also a function of God’s grace. In this one short passage, the Apostle Paul has touched upon and linked together the great truths of God’s mercy, grace, and love which has brought salvation yet he also has touched upon the related facets of Repentance, Regeneration, and Justification.
Possession # 4: Conversion
The word translated here in this verse as converted in this context has the sense of a changed mind or of repentance. In other words it means we now have a new attitude toward God. Jesus in effect said, if you don’t change and become like little children, you won’t even be in the kingdom. The idea here is the value of true spiritual humility.
Possession # 5: Sonship
I John 3:1
Now that we are saved, we now have a new relationship with God. We are now His sons and that is only because of the great love He has for us as His now adopted children. The Apostle Paul here clearly developed sonship as a function of adoption. And when you and I get saved, we develop that same sonship, we are now children of the King!
Romans 8:14-17 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Galatians 4:4-7 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Possession # 6: Sanctification
The word translated as sanctified here in Jude means to be made holy. That is our new position before God, a holy people. Each and every believer has been made holy in Christ in his standing before God.
Possession # 7: Glorification
The ultimate glorification of the believer is in view here in Romans. In our standing (or position) in Christ, we already have been glorified. However, the fullness, the completion of that glorification yet awaits. So far, we have received only the down payment in the gift of the Holy Spirit. But we have the hope of His glorification in our resurrected bodies and the full glory of salvation in that day. Because of that, our glorification is both accomplished because of salvation and yet is still future when we go to a new place with God. That new place, Heaven, will be far better than any place you can think of in this world! That day is soon approaching when all of God’s people will be home with Him glorified forever more and what a day that will be!
The things that we have in this world grow old. No matter what it is that you can think of, it will grow old. You will grow old, I will grow old. That’s just a fact of life. But some things never get old! And all of those things that never get old, they all come from God! Christ and the salvation He offers never gets old. God’s love for this sinful old world never gets old. God’s love for you and I as His people never gets old. These possessions of Repentance, Justification, Regeneration, Conversion, Sonship, Sanctification, and Glorification for the believer, they never get old! These are things that we always possess the minute we accept Christ as our Saviour!
So folks, on those days that sometimes it feels as if the newness, the freshness, and the excitement is wearing off and your Christian life seems to become more of a burden than a blessing, more of a chore than a commitment, and more of a “I have to” than a “I get to” may I encourage you to remember the day. Remember just what new precious possessions you now posses as believers in Christ because these new possessions never get old!
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