1st January 2013

All Things New

“So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”
1 Corinthians 3:7 (KJV)

I attended Ambassador College in Bricket Wood, near St. Albans, and was saddened to learn from a friend who used to work in the beautiful gardens there, that it was deserted and derelict.  A sense of grief and loss was my first reaction, but then my friend made me think again when they suggested a seed analogy.  Ambassador was a theology college that trained young men and women for Christian Ministry and these ‘seeds’ grew and matured and bore fruit all around the world.

I have a container of conkers, which I used with my children to teach counting and sorting, but they are also beautiful, with their shiny, rich, red-brown, swirly-patterned surfaces.  Yet, if you want to grow a horse chestnut tree you bury it in the ground where it rots away, but the seed has life that grows out of it into a new tree.  We do not mourn the loss of the seed, or wish we had it back; rather we rejoice in our tree with it’s blossom producing new seeds.  Paul says in Philippians 3:13-14, “But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Although in Malachi 3:6 God says he changes not, it is his enduring qualities of love, mercy, truth and grace that do not change.  If God did not change his mind, Nineveh would not have survived and there would be no book of Jonah in the Bible.  In Revelation 21:5 God says ‘I make all things new’ and in Isaiah 65:17, “behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.”  In Psalm 40:3 & Revelation 3:12 we find he will give us a new song and a new name.  But for now, bring on the New Year!

Thanks be to God that Christ in us has conquered death and given us new life that will rise out of this physical body to glorious eternal life—a life of new things.

Study by Nancy Silcox

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