THINGS NEW IN THE BIBLE.
2 Cor. 5:17.
1. Men seek new things: new ways of travel; new ways of doing work; new ways of living; new thrills and excitement. Acts 17:21.
2. God allows no new gospel. Gal. 1:6-12. But men seek after such.
3. In matters religious, we need to use only the new things that are acceptable to God.
A. I remember when I was a kid, we kids would see a certain man chewing gum. It smelled so good. Juicy Fruit I think. We would ask for some gum. He would always say, "Do you want some that I know is good, or some I think is good?" We would always say, "We want some of that that you know is good." He would pull the big wad of gum out of his mouth and start tearing it into little pieces. To this, we would say ah yuk, we will take some of that that you think is good.
1) This is the way people are in matters of religion. They had rather take something that people think is good rather than the tried and true gospel of God that we know is good.
I. WE HAVE A NEW COVENANT. Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 8:8-12.
A. Minor covenants were made in the Bible. Gen. 9:8-17; 17:9-14.
B. The Mosaic or national covenant made with the Jews. Deut. 4:12-14; 5:2-21; Heb. 8:1-8,13; 9:15: 10:9.
C. The new covenant is world-wide. Mt. 28:18-20.
II. WE ARE TO BE NEW CREATURES. 2 Cor. 5:17.
A. We become such by the new birth. Jno. 3:3-5.
B. We are to be new creatures in thought. Phil. 4:;;8.
C. We are to be new creatures in conduct. Rom. 6:1-18.; Col. 3:1-3.
III. WE ARE TO PUT ON NEW GARMENTS.
A. We need first to put off the old. Col. 3:8,9
B. Then we put on the new. Col. 3:10-17.
C. To put on new garments is to put on Christ. Rom. 13:14; Gal. 3:26,27.
IV. WE MUST WALK IN THE NEW WAY.
A. This way is for the redeemed only. Isa. 35:8.
1. No one will just stumble blindly into this way. One must be diligently seeking this way in order to find it.
B. Christ is the way. Jno. 14:6.
C. It is a consecrated new and living way. Heb. 10;20.
V. WE FOLLOW A NEW PLAN OF WORSHIP. Jno. 4:22-24; Acts 2:42.
A. We ar all priests under Christ. 1 Pet. 2:5,9; Rev. 1:6.
B. We offer our bodies a living sacrifice instead of dead animals. Rom. 12:1.
VI. WE HAVE A NEW DAY OF WORSHIP.
A. The old sabbath of the Jew was given to the Jew only. Deut. 5:14,15, 2,3;Col. 2:12-16.
B. Christians are to assemble upon the first day of the week. Acts 2:42;20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2.
VII. WE HOPE FOR A NEW REST -- HEAVEN. Heb. 4:5-11.
A. The Jews entered Canaan as promised to Abraham.
B. Canaan was a temporary rest.
C. Heaven is an eternal rest. Heb. 13:14; Mt. 25:46.
1. Our religion can only be as new as the New Testament itself.
2. People sing: "Give me that old time religion. It was good enough for father and mother is is good enough for me." Just how old is the religion of your father and mother? If it is not as old as the religion of the New Testament, it is not old enough. If it goes back to the Law of Moses and the Ten Commandments, it is too old.
3. Religious history since the time of Christ indicates that every religion this side of the New Testament times was started by man or a group of men. Therefore, such religion is too new to be the religion accepted by Christ.
4. We dare not come short of nor go beyond the doctrine of Christ as found in the New Testament. Rev. 22:18, 19.
5. Why not be a new creature in Christ beginning even today?
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