“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
What are you doing New Year’s New Year’s Eve? This famous invitation song becomes the question we tend to ask each other right now … in fact someone just stopped by the table at Starbucks that I’m writing this blog at and asked it! We like to celebrate the start of new things especially with the people we love!
Two of my favorite comparative Greek words are included in the verse above and they are perfect for our reflection on the exchange of 2015 for 2016 about to take place. These two words describe the work of the Father in Jesus through the Spirit toward us. The two words are αρχηαιοσ (archios) and καινοσ (khanos) from where we get the words old and new. Archios (the root used in the word archaeology or better seen in a word like archaic) holds an even stronger understanding that just the word old. This word carries more of an “at the beginning it was good - but it is all raggedy now and worn out and barely looks like it was intended – something to be thrown away.” Now khanos is exactly the opposite it carries the understanding of something that it is brand new- out of the box new – fresh and unused new!
So anyone who is “in Jesus” is a new thing? Oh yes! And the raggedy has passed away? Oh yes! And the brand new has come? Oh yes! Happy New Year! But what’s even better is that the “new” comes through his steadfast love every single morning, great is his faithfulness to us (Lamentations 3:22, 23)!
My prayer for you (and me) is that the new days ahead in 2016 are filled with new things from God from the Father in Jesus through the Spirit! Happy New Year and Happy New Day!