NEWNESS OF LIFE IN CHRIST
Sermon By Dr. Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
Colonial Hills Baptist Church
East Point, Ga.
My subject is based on Second Corinthians 5:17.
"Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature." And with that passage, I want to read
Revelation 21:1. "And I saw a new heaven and a new
earth. "Then Revelation 21:5, "He that sitteth upon
the throne saith, `Behold, I make all things new.'"
Then the reassuring passage, "All these writings are
faithful and true."
I call your attention to the word NEW. New creatures
are necessary for the new heaven and the new earth.
Old creatures would be out of place in the new heaven
and the new earth. We must be new creatures if we
expect to enter that newness that awaits us over
there. Now the text, 2 Corinthians 5:17, is a very
small sentence, but it means the difference between
heaven and hell for everyone of us. If you are not a
new creature, it is impossible for you to go to
heaven. Absolutely impossible. The only place for all
sinners who have never been born again is the Lake of
Fire. The text says, "If any man be in Christ, he is a
new creature. Old things are passed away. Behold, all
things are become new."
The Believer's Position
Let us consider together the believer's position in
Christ, and the believer's character as a new
creature. First the believer's position. He is in
Christ. It is a wonderful thing to be able to say
that. Before we were born again, we were without
Christ. When we were born again, we came into Christ.
When we go to Heaven, we shall be with Christ. WITHOUT
Christ---IN Christ---WITH Christ. WITHOUT Christ was
the state of nature into which we were born. IN Christ
will be the state of glory when the believer gets over
there to be WITH Him forevermore. Aren't you glad that
the tragedy of the Garden of Eden shall never be
Our position: we are IN C ...
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