The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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Christ, the Maker of New Things

 

(Part2)
 
By Michael Zaucha 

 

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Cor. 5:17).

 

Jesus – God’s Maker of All Things New. “Behold My servant, whom I uphold; Mine elect, in whom My soul delighteth; I have put My spirit upon Him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.” Of His ministry, which is being upheld by the power of God – “A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench: He shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the LORD, He that created the heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein” – still exhorting His Servant, because this working of Jesus unto the fulfilling of the purpose of God will require everything of Him - “I the LORD have called Thee in righteousness, and will hold Thine hand, and will keep Thee, and give Thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles” - the accomplishments of the covenant by Jesus Christ – “To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the LORD: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them” (Isa. 42:1-9).
 
With the coming of the Lord Jesus from heaven, the gospel reveals that we are no longer living in the times of the announcing of types and shadows to come. Now that Jesus has put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself, been raised from the dead, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God, the gospel announces that we are in the day of salvation when obtaining and partaking of the substance of that which the Prophets were given to see from afar, are being realized to all who live by faith. And all this is because of the one act of obedience by Jesus Christ our Lord when He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
 
Through the decease which Jesus accomplished at Jerusalem (Lk. 9:31): “
now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept” (I Cor.15:20); “now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in Him” (Jn. 13:31); “now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Rev. 12:10). Therefore – praise God - we are in the time of being accepted in the Beloved: “I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Cor. 6:2).

 

Jesus Himself is the power of God, and the wisdom of God (I Cor. 1:24) unto the accomplishing of the will and purpose of God. Grace is now reigning through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 5:21), and in Him, we have been made meet – enabled and qualified to partake of the provisions of His reign (Col. 1:12).

 

Because of Jesus’ one act of righteousness that put away sin (Heb. 9:26), and His being raised from the dead (Acts 4:10; 13:30; Rom. 6:4; I Pet. 1:21) and exalted to the right hand of God (Mk. 16:19; Acts 2:33; Heb. 10:12), from whence Jesus sent forth the Spirit to dwell in His people (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6), these new things the prophets prophesized that were to come, are now being realized – in measure - by those who draw near to God through faith in Jesus’ blood (Rom. 3:25). These new things are the result of our being justified by His blood through faith (Rom. 5:1).

 

So what we are receiving in the reign of grace truly does have an impact on our very manner of life, not only in thought and desire, but in deed as well (Rom. 8:4). “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Cor. 5:17).

 

The new life that we have been raised to walk in is real and true (Rom. 6:4) – as are the manifestations of it in us. This is the reality and power of the new covenant, of God’s promise of “I will.”

 

The Apostle Paul will also teach us in the book of Romans and other apostolic teaching, that while the new birth is real, it is not fully realized yet. In its beginning, like a newborn babe, it is not fully mature. It must be fed to grow and increase by abiding in Christ (Jn. 15:1-8), and continuing in His Word (Mt. 4:4; Lk. 4:4; Jn. 8:31-32). And as we continue to live by faith, the new creature will be in a growing posture; that is, although not fully developed at birth, it is continually developing by grace through faith.

 

So then, let us be of the persuasion to continue by faith in the grace of God unto its final and complete end – even the salvation of our souls. For this is God’s promise to us through His Son, and God is faithful who promised (Heb. 10:23). --Michael Zaucha

 
 
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"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).