When we are raised with Christ our clothes change and the old way of thinking and living no longer fits with our new moral attire
Paul writes that we’re being renewed in knowledge after the image of Christ and that renewal requires putting off sinful passions and practices.
The restoration events depicted in Nehemiah 8 are a good example to the Church today of what our attitude towards the teachings of scripture should be, especially as we enter a new year.
The humanism of our culture is burning out and idle utopian delusions occupy those waiting for the end. While humanism is committing suicide, this is a time of glorious opportunity to bring the saving Gospel of Jesus.
The humanist vision of the future is to bring rebirth by controlling people; the biblical vision is that the powerful work of the Holy Spirit will transform people. When we try to change people by our own power we end up sinfully dominating and controlling others. We are called to serve, not change, others. We cannot make a new creation out of anyone; only God can. In seeking the kingdom and righteousness of God, we seek God's purposes instead of instant personal satisfaction. We exercise a power and authority from beyond history, for the good of future generations.
We must not be hasty or presumptuous when listening for God's call for our lives.
A truly repentant man will not only mourn for his own sin, but also the condition of the world around him.
The entire life and ministry of Jesus communicates that living water ministered by the Holy Spirit alone can bring satisfaction to human beings. By offering the woman at the well living water, Jesus creates a new desire that only He can fulfill. He reveals a need in the human heart that can be met only in Himself.
After Jesus had deeply offended the Pharisees by cleansing the temple, Nicodemus came to him, asking a genuine question: "Rabbi, we know that you are from God…" Although Jesus appears to change the subject, he is actually answering the assumption underlying Nicodemus' concern: the faulty Jewish view that he would be a military Messiah. King Jesus would bring liberation and change to His people by individual regeneration from the power of sin, not by political liberation from Roman rule. Jesus is answering the central question of all true seekers: how is Christ's kingship manifested?
In the book of John, Jesus’ teaching focuses on new creation or new birth. The book contains seven ‘signs’ or miracles which are meant to help us understand what our redemption in Christ means for the new creation. The signs that Jesus performed never compel belief, but rather illustrate spiritual realities for believers: for those granted spiritual sight, the signs or miracles of Jesus serve to confirm and establish their faith.