by Sean Ewing
Recently a friend completed a yearlong project to re-build his lake cabin. What began as basically a shack built in 1945 without electricity and plumbing is now nothing like the original. The project began with stripping the original cabin to the studs and determine what could be salvaged and used in the new cabin. As the work began they soon realized most of the original cabin was not salvageable. They did keep an interior wall and used it as a wall of remembrance, filling it with family pictures from all the years at the cabin. As the project was finished my friend said, it’s a brand-new cabin!
Surrounding us daily are many ways on how we can improve ourselves, advertisers claim their products are “new and improved” to make us new and improved. Many people take advertisers up on their claims in an effort to become new and improved.
Truly, God wants us to be our best. He wants us to be continually upgraded, improved … new! But we go wrong in thinking we can accomplish this on our own, only God can make a brand-new you!
How? Through the blood of His Son, the risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Through Him and Him alone () can each of us become a new creature (), with a new heart and new spirit () and a whole new way of life () by accepting His sacrifice.
- Admit that you are a sinner justly deserving death
- Acknowledge that God loves you and has provided for your salvation through Jesus’ death and resurrection
- “For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
- “let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved.”
- Accept Christ’s death and resurrection on your behalf by trusting Him for your salvation
- “Then he brought them outside and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”
- “But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God publicly displayed him at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. This was also to demonstrate his righteousness in the present time, so that he would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.”
God will hear your heartfelt words of repentance from sin and through faith acceptance of Jesus as your Savior! When you do this, you are saved and welcomed into God’s family. You become His child, empowered by the Holy Spirit to start a brand-new life, a brand-new you!
Heavenly Father, you are the rescuer and deliverer of my soul. Through your Son, I am saved, there is no other way to you my glorious Father. I was dead in my sins and trespasses, but Jesus came to overcome this bondage and to liberate me. You have granted me the gift of acceptance and welcome in Christ. Through the powerful work of my Savior Jesus, I am rescued from the domain of sin and darkness and transferred into your Kingdom, without fault, without blemish. Jesus, you died for me, a sinner. You paid the penalty for my heinous and detestable sins. Such amazing love and grace is utterly incomprehensible to me. I seek to follow you in all my ways. I know serving you is true freedom! In Christ’s name, Amen.
12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (ESV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (ESV)
19 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, (ESV)
4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (ESV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)
24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” (ESV)
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV)
10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (ESV)
30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (ESV)
24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (ESV)
There was a time when Sean Ewing was a corporate cube farm dweller managing IT projects. These days he occupies his home basement office working as an IT project manager. His passion has nothing to do with the conundrum of managing software development. Rather, his true passion is living and serving to bring God glory.