Phil Us Up!
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August 28, 2012, 9:30 AM

I like new! Most of the time.


 

 

  I really like new stuff, Leigh and I just got a new car. By my count it is the 4th brand new car I ever had! I really like new cars. Sometimes though I really like old stuff, you know the things that I have and will never get rid of as long as I am alive here.

God’s word calls on us to become new, over and over again. Usually when we talk about it we connect it with baptism and being born again as a new creature. Now that is certainly what happens when we are baptized but when Paul talks frequently about becoming a new creation he is speaking to folks who were baptized a while ago. In Colossians he writes, “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Paul is plainly talking here about Christians becoming “new” being a process. The goal is of course to become an image of our Creator! (Genesis 1)  He gives us great instruction on what is our responsibility in this ongoing process! First we clean up our mouths, we stop being angry, not to just stop saying angry hateful things, but to actually stop being hateful people! Now I will be the first to admit how hard that is to do. But God doesn’t leave us on our own, He sent His Spirit to act on our hearts, if we will only submit to Him. We with God’s help we take off and put on. “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. It’s my prayer this week; I continue to take off the old and continue to put on the new! I think I will like it. I love you all!             Philip


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