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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.
"You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3 All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ[a]—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life." –Ephesians 2:1-10