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2012 is officially over. Another year has come and gone with a new one taking its place. This New Year is a new beginning, a new era—just as our lives with Christ should be. This post will be shorter than the others, simply because the passage below has so much to say. But remember that you are new, just as this coming year is new.
Newness is not a feeling. Just because we don’t feel new doesn’t mean that we aren’t. We are new because of what Christ did. He brought us back from deadness, and breathed His life right into us. We are now dead to sin and alive in Christ. All those who truly put their faith in Jesus are brand new: new creations in Christ. Remember this as you read Ephesians 2:1-10 and head into the New Year; we are all new. Only for us, our newness will never fade.
"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." –Ephesians 2:1-10