“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”
Following John’s glimpse of the new life that Christians will enjoy in eternity, the Lord tells John “Behold, I make all things new”. This is in direct relation to the new life that Christians will experience throughout eternity. However, the great change that takes place in the life of a Christian is not limited to our eternal experience.
There is another verse that gives us insight into a new type of life received by the Christian as one of the blessings of Christ’s work on the cross…
2 Corinthians 5:17 says … ““Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” This verse tells us that we are changed in all aspects of our life (“all things”).
There are many, many ways in which our life is changed “in Christ”, actually too many to cover in this devotion. But there is one outstanding change that touches every area of our life that cannot be overlooked or overemphasized. It is a change made in our desires.
When we experience a genuine salvation experience, turning from our sins to Christ and accepting Him as our Savior, He becomes the Lord of our lives. He becomes number one above all else. Our greatest desire is then pointed to pleasing Him. Much like the Psalmist that said in Psalm 40:8…“I delight to do thy will, O my God:…”
This burning desire touches us in every area of our life, as we become “living sacrifices” for Christ which results in no longer being “conformed to this world” but now are“transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:1-2). Put very simply this means our lives are radically changed, our desires, goals and purpose for living is now to honor and glorify Christ in all we do…
Our actions, reactions, and times of inaction all take place in an effort to show Christ to those who are around us; our words, both public and private, are now spoken with an intent to encourage, strengthen and help others, which reveals Christ’s love; and our dreams and hopes are no longer centered on the things of this world but are now centered upon things above, the eternity that awaits us in Christ.
Truly, when Christ becomes our Lord and our desires become pointed towards Him, every aspect of our lives will be radically made “new”.
Are we living a “new” life in Him? If so, we can be confident we have been saved by His grace and have become a new creature in Christ!
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: