New Creatures In Christ
By contributing writer Reason A. Chandler
Christ has done a lot for us, yet work is still to be done. Life-long learners, thats who we are.
I learned and am still learning so much from my parents and grandparents. I grasped some of the things they taught me immediately and could apply the lesson instantly, mainly because it kept me out of trouble.
Some of the lessons I was able to use later in life. We are lifelong learners in the newness of life, which is now Christ Jesus. So, part of our responsibility is to abide in him as he abides in us. God, through His son, made a new covenant with us by the water and the blood, the baptism of his suffering and resurrection. His blood washed away all our sins, so we are now saved. Many have rejected the new covenant because it has become a connection for many to the past.
For whatever reason, it is hard to let go. Paul advised us to let go of the past and embrace our future which is our calling in Christ. So to grow in faith, we must let Christ do what Christ has been chosen to do. Be Our High Priest! And we must do what we are chosen to do, and that is be new creatures in Christ Jesus. Christ did not do away with the law but He came that it might be fulfilled. We are part of that fulfillment.
For the old has passed away and there is now no condemnation in Christ, New Creature, something the world and our friends and family may not recognize because it is a new creature which stands before them. To grow in faith we must embrace the newness of life in Christ Jesus and the fulfillment of scripture. It is our destiny!
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Reason A. Chandler ,SR is a pastor serving within the United Methodist Virginia Conference. As the senior Pastor of Jackson Street United Methodist Church (JSUMC) in Lynchburg, Virginia, he has inspired the community to push beyond the limits. The last seven years at JSUMC laid the foundation to move worship into a digital space. The pandemic provided an opportunity to grow and expand the ministry virtually, with Sunday service available on YouTube. Connect with Reason via Facebook.