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A Brand New You

What happens when the old has gone


I've got hundreds of things around the house that I would like to see made new—sofa cushions that have begun to sag, kitchen cabinets and table that are scratched, a backyard fence that's in pieces, the Oak tree in our front yard that's 40 feet tall and has one living branch on it. Our kids think we're living in the dark ages, because we have to pound the television to get a picture on it. The wear and tear of time takes its toll on the things around us, and it takes its toll in us. We feel this wear and tear profoundly in our bodies. We're on medications; we break bones; we tear ligaments; we need things replaced and repaired; we wear glasses; we exfoliate our skin. We have sores and bumps and bulges and sags. But it's not just the wear and tear of time that's taking its toll on our bodies—it's the wear and tear of sin.

From the beginning, sin has affected us and infected us—physically, morally, intellectually, emotionally, relationally. Both Romans 8:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:1 say that we inwardly groan—we cry out for correction, completion, and change, secretly wishing we could be made new.

The hope of the Bible is that that is exactly what God intends to do. For the last several weeks, we have been exploring the people you meet in heaven: the resurrected Christ, others who have found the narrow path and walked through the small gate of faith, a multitude of angels, created to serve God and the saints—and now I want to talk about you. A brand new you. The you that you aren't yet, but the you God intends for you to be. This is the focus of our text today in 1 Corinthians 15. In verses 1-11, Paul assures us of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; in verses 12-34, he guarantees ...

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David Daniels is pastor of Pantego Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas, and co-founder and executive board member of Beta Upsilon Chi (Brothers Under Christ), a national Christian fraternity.

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