"If then any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the former things have passed away; behold they are made new!"
"Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come.
I would suppose I could find more of these quotes of the same verse in all the other Bibles I have in the house besides the three I took these from and they would all be worded a little differently. Just shows how human the translators were when copying the Bible... But the point is that if we are in Christ, we are new persons with him in our heart, we are born again! That phrase makes some people cringe but it need not. It does not mean that you go "back into your Mother's womb and be born again". It means YOU have had a change of heart to turn from your old ways and become new in HIS name. How wonderful. You will be filled with such joy that it will be very hard to sit or stand still. You will want to jump for joy!
I hope you are starting the new year with much joy in your heart and that it is overflowing since you invited Jesus in and he filled your whole heart!
Luke 3:15 "As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in thier heart concerning John , whether perhaps he were the Christ, John answered them all, "I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of his sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into his granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
Verse 21: Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form as a dove, and a voice came from Heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son; With whom I am well pleased."
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had something Jesus had written??? I began pondering this before Christmas and how precious and priceless something written in the Savior's hand would be!! The Bible tells us that Jesus spoke Aramaic but it never mentions him writing....
Start your new year with reading the bible a little each day or even start with twice a week, whatever you are comfortable with. The Bible is not hard reading once you are engrossed in it and the more you can cross reference it, the easier it gets. You can even start with a children's bible, any version that speaks to you that you can understand.
The Book is a very good source for easy, comprehensive reading and is in all bookstores and on line. It is published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. and I use it so much it is dog-eared-ha! I had to tape the spine to keep it together!
Come back and visit soon and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. If I don't know the answer, I will find it for you! If you have prayer concerns, please e-mail. Corporate prayer (many praying at the same time) is very effective and I know that is what helps keep my hubby going...God Bless.
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