We all have a time in our lives when we face something new. A new school, a new job, a new boss, a new house, a new day when we know something significantly different is going to happen. Think about the last time you faced something new. Were you excited? Scared? Uneasy? Did you embrace it, or did you hold back and worry about it?
Here at Hickory Corners Bible Church, we are starting a new online component to our ministries. And I’m certain that some of our members are experiencing many of these same feelings.
New isn’t really new…
Starting “new” is something that we who are Christians should be used to! For we have believed in our hearts that Jesus is God’s Christ, that He lived, that He died, and that God raised Him from the dead on the third day just as was prophesied in Scripture; we have confessed Jesus as Lord with our mouths! The Apostle Paul wrote about us to the believers in Corinth,
“…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Paul also wrote in Romans 6 that Christians are meant to walk in newness of life; that we would no longer be how we began life: enslaved to sin and unable to escape it by our own means. We start off life so enslaved to sin that we don’t even realize it, and think it so normal that we reject the notion that we’re not okay when judged by God through Jesus Christ, who shows no partiality to anyone (Romans 2, 3). Anyone includes me, too!
Sin and Righteousness…
For apart from this Christ we are all under sin, we are enslaved to it and don’t seek after God; but the righteousness of God is manifested outside of the Law, witnessed by both the Law and the Prophets, for the righteousness of God is faith in Jesus Christ, those in Christ are justified as a gift by God’s grace through redemption which is only available through faith in Jesus – God’s Christ (Romans 3).
But what of that faith? Is it sufficient to merely say after little thought “yup, I believe”? May it never be! For you must subject yourself to the righteousness of God, rather than knowing about God’s righteousness and yet still seeking to establish your own, as did the descendants of Israel. For righteousness based on faith is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (Deuteronomy 30); that if you confess Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth a person confesses, resulting in salvation (Romans 9-10); for whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved (Joel 2).
Boiling it down…
Believing in your heart, and confessing Jesus as Lord… these are not trivial, meaningless decisions like those choosing what to eat for breakfast. These are monumental, life-altering, life-causing decisions that when properly done will leave a person forever, unilaterally, and irrevocably changed.
If you have not done so already, we here at Hickory Corners Bible Church urge you to believe in Jesus Christ today – do not waste another moment! Do not delay! For we do not know the day nor hour when we will die (James 4, Luke 12), or when Christ shall return (Mark 13), and then it will be too late.
If you do accept this free gift of salvation, we urge you to use the Contact link on our site to let us know, so we can get in touch with you and celebrate with you, and help you learn more about God and His Son Jesus Christ, whom we serve!