4th July 2017

New in Quality

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
John 15:13 (NIV)

I’m sure you’ve noticed that after using a product for some time, whether it is toothpaste, shampoo, or shower gel, that one day it becomes “new and improved!” New and improved is quite a positive slogan don’t you think? It conjures up feelings of a fresh start, a new beginning with better results than our old product. So the old has gone and the new has come—it seems like a miracle. It’s something that has happened to us and for us without us lifting a finger. But, of course, the questions we have to answer are, “Do we accept this new product or refuse it, do we switch brands, or continue to use the old and inferior one while stocks last?” The choice is ours!

Are you aware that there are two Greek words for new? First, there is “Neos” which means “new in point of time,” just like all the pencils produced in a factory are new, but each one is a carbon copy of all the other millions that are produced each day; there’s no difference.

On the other hand, the word “Kainos” means “new in quality” there’s never been anything like it before—it’s unique! New in time and superior to the old by far! God has always been in the business of making things new (Kainos), better quality, more fitting for his great plan of salvation and so we have a new covenant, a new man, a new creation and, eventually, in the fullness of time, new heavens and a new earth—the grand finale to his amazing plan. This precious gift of Jesus is being held out to all those who have ever drawn breath on this beautiful blue planet, your ancestors and my ancestors—everyone—no matter what they have or haven’t done during their lifetime! We don’t need to work for it, we don’t earn it, we don’t need to feel superior, and why? Because it’s a gift!

But we do need to accept it, to grasp it with both hands and breathe a silent prayer of thanks. That’s because this new covenant is a different connection with God, a close personal relationship that was never offered in the past. Its unique and paid for by the sacrifice of a Saviour. It is Kainos—a special reconnection with God based, not on law, but love that makes us children of the Creator and friends forever.

I don’t know if you will remember the theme of the Olympics hosted by Spain in 1992. The theme song at the opening ceremony was entitled, “Amigos Para Siempre” which means ‘friends for life’, or as far as God is concerned, friends forever! Paul urges us to “Become friends with God; He’s already a friend with you.” (2 Corinthians 5:20 MSG). It’s as simple as that!

Prayer
Lord, thank you for a friendship of quality that never grows cold or fails.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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