New Beginning

Jesus had faith first, not us. Jesus had love first, not us.

When the Isrealites came out of Egypt, the Bible indicates that there were some Egyptians among them, perhaps some that got the message in the first 9 plagues.

Exodus 12:13 NLT

But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Exodus 12:38 NLT

A rabble of non-Israelites went with them, along with great flocks and herds of livestock.

Colossians 1:20 NLT

and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

Galatians 4:3-7 NLT

And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.  And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”  Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

The blood provides a new beginning.

Exodus 12:1-3 NLT

While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt, the L ord gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron: “From now on, this month will be the first month of the year for you. Announce to the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each family must choose a lamb or a young goat for a sacrifice, one animal for each household.

2 Corinthians 5:16-17 NLT

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Titus 3:7 NLT

Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

Philippians 1:6 NLT

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Repentance is a daily process, not a one-time event. When you read God’s word each day and are being transformed by it, there is a change. You are willing to go in a different direction.

Give God the best part of your day. When are you the freshest? That is when you want to read His word.

The blood provides a witness! 1 Corinthians 11 tells of the witness that communion has. You can put stickers on your car and hang pictures of Jesus in your house, but what does the atmosphere of your home bear witness to? When people are around you, what do they experience in your presence?

There is no more need to prove yourself. Christ has completed what is required.

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