FROM the OLD INTO the NEW
BY: RAY PRINZING
“In that He saith, A new covenant, He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” Hebrews 8:13
“If therefore any man be in Christ, He is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17) The word “become” signifies a process, a transition. While we thrill to the “suddenly” of God’s working (as in yesterdays meditation), when there bursts upon us the new manifestations of His grace and victory, we are, also, aware of the fact that in our being “transformed” into His very own image, it has been, and is a daily inworking of His Spirit, with a relinquishing of the old, and embracing of the new. The law, with its forms and ceremonies, symbols and rituals, must give way to the new ministration of the Spirit.
The new, with its glory, shall come to the fore,
Proclaiming the Kingdom is nigh at the door.
Yet, strange the confusion as some try to stay
Entwined with the old, though it’s passing away,
while some try to mix the old with the new,
To be torn by the strife, and the rending in two.
“No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filleth it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.” (Mark 2:21) The order of the new cannot be fitted into the economy of the age that is now ending, “old things are passing away,” and to try and hold them together with the insertion of the new only causes a greater strain, until the rent is made worse. Thus, it is in “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” (Phil. 3:13) that we are able to make progress into the new.
For saviors shall come and His fullness declare,
With beauty for ashes, and treasures most rare,
What ages have veiled as the old order reigned,
Shall burst into view at the time He ordained.