New Life

I talked a few days ago about a Biblical Worldview…remember that? My Bible study this morning expounded upon those thoughts a little bit. I’ve been using, for the first time, a bible study help written by John MacArthur (2 Corinthians).2 Corinthians (Macarthur Bible Studies) He has many more out there and I was actually looking to buy the James study, but our local Christian Book Store only had this one in stock. Knowing I needed something to “give order” to my study and reading of scripture, I went ahead and bought this one.

Anyway, back to the Biblical Worldview issue. Today, the reading was from 2 Corinthians 5:1-21. Verse 17 of chapter 5 jumped out at me…though it is a well known verse, and somewhat memorized by me, my recent thoughts on the Biblical worldview came into light even more. Vs. 17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” MacArthur makes this commentary on the verse: “After a person is regenerate, old value systems, priorities, beliefs, loves, and plans are gone. Evil and sin are still present, but the believer sees them in a new perspective, and they no longer control him…This newness is a continuing condition of fact. The believer’s new spiritual perception of everything is a constant reality for him, and he now lives for eternity, no temporal things (p. 42).”

This “all things new” life in Christ causes us to contemplate how each thought, action, or word affects eternal things. In 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, verse 13 specifically talks about how “each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.” Related to that is 2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” MacArthur points out that the Greek terms for “good and bad” do not refer to moral good or moral evil…”Matters of sin have been completely dealt with by the death of our Savior. Rather, Paul is comparing worthwhile, eternally valuable activities with useless ones (p. 41).” Phaulos is the Greek word translated “bad” in verse 10 above. It is speaking of those “mundane things that inherently are neither of eternal value or sinful, such as taking a walk, going shopping, taking a drive in the country, pursuing an advanced degree, moving up the corporate ladder, painting pictures, or writing poetry. These morally neutral things will be judged when believers stand before the judgement seat of Christ. If they were done with a motive to glorify God, they will be considered good. If they were pursued for selfish interests, they will be considered bad (p. 40).”

Is your worldview a “new creation” worldview…centered on Biblical truth? Are your words, actions, and thoughts going to be burned away in the fires of judgement with no reward? Or are they glorifying God…resulting in crowns of righteousness?

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