A New Creation in Christ

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV)

“But whoever has become a partaker of the divine character, the being of Jesus Christ and the power and character of the Holy Spirit, conforms himself to the image of Jesus Christ in all submission, obedience, and righteousness serves God,
in summary is a right-believing Christian;

that one is a new person and a new creature in Christ Jesus.”
(Dirk Philips)

The Robin and the Sparrow

Said the robin to the sparrow,
“I would really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush around and worry so.”

Said the sparrow to the robin,
“Friend, I think that it must be
That they have no Heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me.”

(Source unknown)

Who can approach God?

“Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
(Psalm 24:3–5, ESV)

Hallowed Be Thy Name

The Lord’s Prayer includes the expression of a desire for God’s name to be hallowed. This comment by Martin Luther may help us to better understand that petition.

“How is God’s name hallowed among us? It is when both our doctrine and living are truly Christian.”