8: New – All New

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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There was no hope for my reformation. Nothing on which to built restoration. My problem of me could only be solved by starting all over again…brand new. So I am not patched up and corrected. The cracked and leaking vessel is cast aside…utterly! A new lump of clay is thrown upon the wheel and a being – fresh and new – is spun and shaped for His pleasure. A creation of His brilliance…and not my limitation. A surprise, a delight, a life I will love to live.

A new person, someone I don’t know and won’t recognize but who is at once familiar, a lost dream, a forgotten vision. I fit into this creation and this being fits into me by a perfection of design, divine in origin. I am a “new” creation. In the Hebrew, “new” is a word of wonder. It means something new that has never been. But my faith can be so cemented in the old rag that I believe in the “new person” only as some impossible ideal only realized in eternity…well, maybe.

But my God says of me that I am a new creation. Now.

So I wait and watch in wonder for Him to free “her” of me, who oppresses and restrains that foreign creature, spiritual by very nature, true citizen of a Different Culture Who is able to live in Another Realm while normal here. This “new” one I will not be able to define and predict…or ever fathom. The old Adam knows one rut of boring repetition. The new person is a mystery unfolding through a prayer-filled knowledge of its Creator.

I am new. Now original, where before I was the same as all others: self-loving, self-willing, self-worshiping. I am His delightful dream, dreamt before the world was formed. A dream I soiled but could not spoil. He nourished His idea of me and never let it go. He put away the ‘old and wretched me’ by the cleansing grave I shared with Him…

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, Yet not I but Christ liveth in me… And the life I now live I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20 KJV).

Christ has fused Himself into this common shell, His original image. And by His presence IN me and dominion OVER me, I become my real self, a person complete only because of Him, by disappearing into Him. The very greatest mystery, never understood…merely lived by faith.

He said I am new.
I am new.

Copyright © 1999 Martha Blaney Kilpatrick, Faith Is

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