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Steven Greene—July 10, 2021

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Greetings, everyone! While I was talking about the heat that is upon us in this state, and Steve was talking about the weather that he is experiencing, and that in Australia, I think that every time we see something like this we tend to look at things as just being different, different usually in a bad way.

But tonight I want to talk about new, new things! God has a plan that He is working out that is all about new. I really do hope that I bring to you this message in a way that inspires you to think of the wondrous things that God is doing!

We're going to start at creation and we're going to go all the way to the end of what we know in God's plan, and we're going to look at the newness of the things that He has done, is doing and will do!

Solomon was musing in his very depressing book; Ecclesiastes 1:9: "That which has been is that which shall be, and that which has been done is that which shall be done; and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it may be said, 'See, this is new'? It has already been in days of old, which were before us" (vs 9-10).

This is a view that comes from an unconverted mind, a mind that is not focused on what God is doing. Because if we look at what God is doing in our lives and in all the lives of the people of this world, for that matter, it is something that is not old. Solomon will not be able to say, 'See, this is old, it's already been done'; because there's going to come a time when he sees things from God's point of view!

When I talk about something new, it's always a defining moment in our mind. I'm not talking about a new program on TV or a new desk at work. I'm talking about something that really is a defining moment.

In a physical sense, we can think of that as a new car or someone graduating from college or a wedding. Maybe a new house or a new family.

  • think about when you first became aware of the Truth
  • think about when you were first truly inspired by God to seek Him
  • think about becoming that new convert.

That was an especially wondrous, defining moment for each of us!

When one is baptized and receives God's Holy Spirit, I don't think anyone will ever forget that! God loves new things!

In Isaiah 43:19: "Behold, I will do a new thing…"

Even the angels—when God laid the foundations of the Earth and the universe—sang together (book of Job). They sang together and shouted for joy. They were rejoicing at seeing such a wondrous and new thing.

Let's look at few of the things that God does on earth on a personal level in our physical lives. Just think about it in terms of God's recognition in our physical lives of the importance of new things to us.

Deuteronomy 20:5: "…'Who is the man that has built a new house and has not dedicated it?….'"

It goes on to say that he is excluded from war because he has a newhouse; something important to him.

Deuteronomy 24:5: "When a man has taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war…" Why? Because he has a new wife!

He wants to get to know his new wife and be there and experience all the joys of that new relationship.

Nehemiah 10:39: "For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the grain, of the new wine, and the oil to the rooms where the vessels of the sanctuary are…"

We're not to forget about the House of God! God wants us to bring Him new offerings.

Psalm 40:3: "And He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God…"

Psalm 144:9: "I will sing a new song to You, O God; on a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You."

Isaiah 43:19: "Behold, I [God] will do a new thing; now it shall sprout; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert."

God loves these new things, even those things in our physical lives that we find, personally, a joy. But it's not a spiritual thing. Even the nation of Israel—the ancient Israelites…

Isaiah 62:2[transcriber's correction]: "And the Gentiles will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; and you will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name."

Why? Because God had given them laws that the other nations did not know, did not have! They were to be a new model for the rest of the world. God loves new things!

Beyond this, we have a plan that we know about from God, and it starts at the beginning. He is doing amazing things on a worldwide level, global level, as well as a personal level for us.

Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

This is what the angels rejoiced when they saw; this is what they shouted about. He created the heavens and the earth, something that hadn't existed that was witnessed by all the angels. It was, of course, the beginning of God's plan for mankind to become His children! But He needed to establish that place where He would essentially call the womb for the children of God!

So, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." We all know that at some point there was a rebellion in heaven, and the earth didn't look so good at one point.

Psalm 104:30: "You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth."

Genesis 1:2: "And the earth was without form and void…"

The whole creation story of how God molded this earth back into something that He could use for the creation of His children.

Let's start the rest of this story in Matt. 26; I want to start with this as something new, because this really is—for each of us personally—the one thing that stands out in our relationship with God. It is the one thing that I think is the summation of God's relationship with us.

Matthew 26:28: "For this is My blood, the blood of the New Covenant…"

This is not just new in the fact that it is different from the Old [Covenant], it is new because it is eternal! It is new because it is something that within us individually, personally! It's not with the nation of Israel, it's not with a nation of people, yet. It is with us personally!

Heb. 8 talks about the days when that Old Covenant is replaced by the New for that nation of Israel.

Hebrews 8:8: "But since He [God] found fault with them, He says, '"Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord, "when I will establish a New Covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah."'"

This covenant is not jut for us, but it's going to continue to grow and expand. It's going to be offered to many people, and it's new for everyone when the first receive it. It is the covenant that we all desire with desire above all things.

I want to talk about some new things that touch on us in a spiritual sense, are new from a physical sense. We're going to see that Jesus Christ was the first of new fruits: the First of the firstfruits!

Exodus 23:19: "The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God…."

This is an offering, but it is the first of what will become the new firstfruits later on! So, Jesus Christ is the First of all things new!Have you ever thought about that? His sacrifice put Him in the grave, and God resurrected Him out of the grave! He's the Firstborn Son of God! All things new began with Jesus Christ! But we are also new fruits!

Neh. 10:35 talks about bringing in the firstfruits, but the word new is not in there. But these are the new firstfruits:

Nehemiah 10:35: "And to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, to the House of the LORD."

If they're the first things that you harvest, it's a new harvest; so it's new. These are the new firstfruits. Who are the new firstfruits? We are!

  • Guess where the new firstfruits goes?
  • The first place the go? "…to the House of the LORD."
  • Where do we go after our resurrection? To the God Most High, our Father!

That is what the new firstfruits means, to bring them "…to the House of the LORD."

This is talking about an old offering back in the Old Testament, but it is a picture of what really is going to be new for us as new firstfruits brought into the House of the Lord!

I said that Jesus Christ is the beginning of all new things!This is probably one of the most important things that He did; here in Eph. 2 we see that Jesus Christ is the new sacrifice to God.

  • no more animal sacrifices
  • no more priests slaying animals and washing blood all day long

which requires a river of water to cleanse the temple!

Ephesians 5:2: "And walk in love, even as Christ also loved us, and gave Himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God…" He is the new sacrifice, the beginning of all things new!

Jesus Christ knew exactly what He was doing; what He had been asked to do by God when He became the new sacrifice!

Hebrews 10:1: "For the priestly law, having only a shadow of the good things that are coming…"

If they're not here, yet, when they arrive, aren't they new?

"…and not the image of those things, with the same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, is never able to make perfect those who come to worship. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered? For once those who worship had been purified, they would no longer be conscious of sin. On the contrary, in offering these sacrifices year by year, there is a remembrance of sins, because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. For this reason, when He comes into the world… [that's Jesus Christ] …He says… [saying this to God] …'Sacrifice and offering You [God] did not desire, but You have prepared a… [sacrificial] …body for Me. You did not delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin. Then said I, 'Lo, I come (as it is written of Me in the Scroll of the Book) to do Your will, O God"'" (vs 1-7).

  • He wants everything to be new
  • He sees the world for what it is
  • He wants to change it

So, He voluntarily became the new sacrifice for all!

Verse 10: "By Whose will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."

Verse 12: "But He [Christ], after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God."

  • He is the new sacrifice
  • He is the new Firstborn Son of God

in all that He did for us!

The new grain offering could only be harvested for a new offering after the wave sheaf. So, after the wave sheaf you can go out and harvest the new grain. The wave sheaf was a picture of Jesus Christ ascending to God the Father, to be accepted as the new sacrifice!

Let's read about that we are to become like Jesus Christ. Again, He is the first of all things new! But we are also to become new sacrifices!

Leviticus 23:10: "Speak to the children of Israel and say to them, 'When you have come into the land, which I give to you, and shall reap the harvest of it, then you shall bring the premier sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD to be accepted for you. On the next day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it'" (vs 10-11). That's the Wave Sheaf Offering; that was Jesus Christ!

Verse 14: "And you shall eat neither bread, nor parched grain, nor green ears until the same day, until you have brought an offering to your God. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. And you shall count to you beginning with the next day after the Sabbath, beginning with the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete" (vs 14-15).

Here it is, we're talking about Pentecost. What is Pentecost? It pictures the day of our resurrection! Not Jesus Christ, but the resurrection of the firstfruits.

Verse 16: "Even unto the day after the seventh Sabbath you shall number fifty days. And you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD."

We are to be a new grain offering to the Lord. Why are we new? Jesus Christ was the Sacrifice for the sins of mankind! Think about it! He sacrificed Himself for us so that we could be begotten by God to become His children, the firstfruits of the harvest of mankind!

Unlike Jesus Christ, we have not lived forever, we are not gods, we are the new grain harvest, and offering unto God! We are the first of the children of human beings that were born on this earth, having never lived in eternity past. We are the first of His true flesh-only children.

It's interesting, because this new grain offering belongs to someone. We belong to Someone!

Ezekiel 44:29: "They shall eat the grain offering, and the sin offering, and the guilt offering; and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs…. [talking about the priests] …And the first of all the firstfruits of all, and every offering of all, of every kind of your sacrifices, shall be the priest's…." (vs 29-30).

These new offerings that we are to be belong to the High Priest! In this case we belong to Jesus Christ and to God!

God loves the new things!He wouldn't want something old and worn out. He wants the new thingsthat we are to become. We belong to Him as that new living sacrifice! We can see that.

We're going to take a little bit of a sidestep here and talk about Unleavened Bread. Again, we are to become new to God, new children. Getting there we have to become many new things besides a new living sacrifice, besides just having a new song in our mouth of praise and honor and worship Him.

1-Corinthians 5:7: "Therefore, purge out the old leaven, so that you may become a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us."

Romans 11:16: "Now, if the firstfruit is Holy, the lump is also Holy…"

That new lump is Holy to God! Do you know what that means? That means that God—only God—can make something Holy! The fact that we are a new lump—a new firstfruit lump—He has deemed us Holy, because we belong to Him.

While we are to be a new living sacrifice, we are also to offer new sacrifices to God in this life. New sacrifices!

Psalm 51:15: "O LORD, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Your praise, for You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not take pleasure in burnt offering" (vs 15-16).

God doesn't want old offerings. What does He want? New one! New sacrifices!

Verse 17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise." These are the new sacrifices we bring to God!

How we offer a new sacrifice to God comes in all forms, as many unique ways as we are unique in personalities.

  • how we talk to God
  • how we sing hymns to God
  • how we pray to God
  • how we even read the Bible

Each of us reads it differently! Have you ever thought about the fact that reading the Bible to yourself is a sacrifice to God? It is! It's a new sacrifice, because it is your lips and my lips that are speaking and thinking it and emphasizing words here and there that are different from everybody else! We absorb and understand His Truth with various nuances that are unique to each of us.

Romans 12:1: "I exhort you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice…"—a new sacrifice!. It's not the bodies of animals. It's our body, our mind, our heart!

Jer. 17:26 talks about a time where people are brought out of terrible situations, but look at what it says that everyone should be doing:

Jeremiah 17:26: "And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and grain offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise to the house of the LORD."

Did you know that in Lev. 1-5 there is nothing—maybe it's there and I missed it—about the sacrifices that also talks about the sacrifices of praise to the temple. This is a new sacrifice that we're talking about.

Mark 12:33: "…love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength… [that is] …more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."

Love! Have you ever thought about that. Love is a sacrifice! It's a wondrous sacrifice. It is God's love working in us that we are sacrificing. God's love in us comes because we have something new that we didn't have before, that allows God's love to be in us!

I don't know if you've thought of this, but if you think about the fact that having the Holy Spirit within us gives us the ability to have God's love in us, because it says:

Ezekiel 36:26: "And I [God] will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My ordinances and do them" (vs 26-27).

It is a new thing within us! IF we have God's love in us, He has given us a new heart and a new spirit!

God loves new things, and He loves making new things! That is one of things about this life that I think God finds to be one of the greatest sacrifices that we can give Him. That is to rejoice in what He is doing with us. As Paul says, even through the worst of our trials! That suffering is creating a new thing with us!

Along with a new heart and a new spirit, God has given us something else that is written in our heart and mind.

Jeremiah 31:33: "'But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days,' says the LORD, 'I will put My Law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts…'"

Did He not give His real Laws on stone and they've been writing them ever since on various media, recording the Scriptures, copying the Bible over and over. What is it that's different here? The difference is that this is a new understanding. When God gave us His Spirit, and we go back and read those Laws, we have new understanding. Jesus Christ is fulfilling those in us; He's living those in us.

It's more than just an understanding of the Law, we have something that is new within us that was changed from something that was old.

Romans 7:6: "But now we have been released from the law, because we have died to that in which we were held so that we might serve in newness of the spirit…"

When God gave us His Spirit, He gave us a new heart, new understanding, and He also gave us a "…newness of the spirit…" that transforms our thinking in addition to understanding. We  might have the understanding, but we also had to be able to think the way God wants us to think. Think of Righteousness and Holiness, and those things that are pure and lovely. So, we have a complete makeover, a complete new person!

2-John 1:5: "And now I beseech you, lady, not as though I am writing a new commandment to you, but that which we have observed from the beginning, that we love one another"—as Jesus Christ has loved us!

This is what I mean about the thinking! We have a new commandment, not because it was specifically added to the Ten Commandments, or to the two; love God and love your neighbor! It is a new way of thinking. It's a new commandment because we understand how God's love is working in us. It is a new way of thinking! How does that happen?

I'm going to read four Scriptures that all talk about the same thing, but I love seeing the way it's worded by the apostles as they wrote these epistles with this specific thought in their mind.

1-Corinthians 2:16: "For who has known the mind of the Lord? Who shall instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ." That's:

  • a new way of thinking
  • a new way of understanding
  • a new way of loving people

we are to

  • love our neighbor
  • love our enemy
  • love one another as Christ loves us

It completely new to all of us! We could not even understood the commandment much less done it, unless we were completely new creations with God's Spirit in us!

Philippians 2:5: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." He evolved while He was on this earth!

  • How many people did He heal that He had never given the Holy Spirit to?
  • How many people did He grieve over that had died? We know of Lazarus!

But He resurrected Lazarus!

  • How many others died?
  • What about Jesus' father? Joseph disappeared from the scene at some point while Jesus was alive!

I know that Christ had a heart that grieved. Not that He saw death as a problem, but because He loved so much those when He was ready to call brothers and sisters, and saw their grief. To have that kind of love that is so new, so incredible, so wondrous:

  • it is not something that you can command
  • it's not something that you can write on a tablet
  • it's not something that you can carve into stone and give to someone

You have to become a new being, a new sacrifice, a new living sacrifice to God, with His Holy Spirit in you to even comprehend it!

Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ, yet, I live. Indeed, it is no longer I; but Christ lives in me. For the life that I am now living in the flesh, I live by faith—that very faith of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me." There's a new life within us! If Christ is living in us, we're new! Brand new!

Zephaniah 3:9: "For then I will give a pure language to the people, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one accord." That's a new language! God wants everyone to have a new language that is new, that is:

  • without perversion
  • without words that don't make sense
  • without words that are inappropriate

He wants people to have a language, which is more than just individual words;

  • it's a way of speaking
  • it's a way of thinking

We all think in our primary language, so it's both a way of thinking and a way of speaking. It's more than just words.

  • Have you ever struggled in your prayers?
  • to find the words?
  • to praise God?
  • to ask for His intervention in something?

At some point we're going to have a new language that will not be lacking. We will always be able to ask what we truly desire in our heart.

Hebrew 10:20: "By a new and living way, which He consecrated for us…" So, there's a new way of life, a new way for us to be being! It's a new way because:

  • we've never thought this way before
  • we've never heard God's words this way before
  • we've never spoken of His promises this way before

It's new!

All of this is new, and it's something that God is doing for us. He loves the new things that He is doing with us.

Romans 6:4: "Therefore, we were buried with Him through the baptism into the death; so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, in the same way, we also should walk in newness of life."

There it is again, a new way! We're walking in a new life now! This is not talking about after the resurrection. This is talking about today, right now in the midst of all the trials and troubles that you're going through, in midst of all the things that might be happening today:

  • fires burning forests down
  • storms that are pounding away on the walls

This is newness of life now! When we consider what is God is doing in us, and making us new, those things… Jesus Christ is the First of all things new, and that's true! The First of all things new!

Colossians 1:15: "Who [Jesus Christ] …is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation."

Revelation 3:14—taking to the Laodiceans: "…These things says the Amen [Jesus Christ], the faithful and true Witness, the Beginner of the creation of God."

Jesus Christ is the first all things new, because He is fashioning this new creation Himself. We have the mind of Christ in us. He's living in us. He is the One Who came to this earth, reshaped it, reformed it in the beginning. He is the One Who was the Word of the Most High God, as the Logos. He was the One Who is the sacrifice for all mankind. He is the First of all things new, because He is the Beginner of the creation of God.

Colossians 3:10 "And have put on the new man… [or woman] …who is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him Who created him." We are new men and women, new children of God!.

2-Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore, if anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

Isn't it true? Think about it! In your life, when you were baptized, remember that I said it was a defining moment, a new thing, a defining moment in your life. From that moment on, all things in your life and my life have become new. Why? Because Jesus Christ is living in us!

We will never look at the world the way we did before! We can't! I'm not talking about someone who casts aside the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I'm talking about all those who strive and endure to the end! We can't be anything but a new creation because the past is gone!

The path that we were on before our baptism is not a path that we can ever go back to. We cannot walk those same steps again. We cannot circle around. The path that we are on is so completely different that if you are truly a child of God, you don't even remember how to get back to that path. You're putting that aside and throwing away that map. You have a new map and that map leads to the Kingdom of Heaven!

There's an interesting Scripture, and it's going to take me a few Scriptures to get to the full explanation of it. I want to talk about the Temple of God.

Acts 7:48: "However, the Most High… [God the Father] …does not dwell in temples made by hands…"

Obviously, He doesn't dwell in a temple of stone and block, and this that and the other. I think that all of us understand that WE are the Temple of God! But let's look at what that consists of.

Ephesians 2:21: "In Whom all the building, being conjointly fitted together is increasing into a Holy temple in the Lord… [Jesus Christ] …in Whom you also are being built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit" (vs 21-22).

Have you ever wondered what that really means? It's talking about being built into a Holy Temple in the Lord for a habitation of God!

1-Peter 2:6: "For this reason it says in the Scripture, 'Behold, I place in Zion…'"

I gave a sermon some time ago and explained that Zion is a place where God the Father dwells with His covenant people.

"'…the Cornerstone, chosen and precious; and the one who believes in Him shall never be put to shame'" (v 6). We're being built into a Holy Temple in Jesus Christ for a habitation of God!

1-Corinthians 6:19: "WHAT! Don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit…"

2-Corinthians 6:16: "…For you are a Temple of the living God…"

What does that mean? Jesus Christ is this Cornerstone of this new Temple, a habitation of God! A cornerstone is the stone that is laid upon which all other things are built. If the cornerstone is not rock solid, the building will collapse! The Temple of God the Father, where He will live, is built with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone, and we are the rest of the Temple.

That is what it means to be built together as a temple, increasing into a Holy Temple in the Lord Jesus Christ. You are also being built together for a habitation of God! That is a new temple!

I know that everyone remembers that we are being transformed into the same image of Jesus Christ from glory to glory. And we shall all be changed!

Philippians 3:21: "Who will transform our vile bodies, that they may be conformed to His glorious body…" Think about that new temple that we are going to become, for God Himself to dwell in!

At the time of our resurrection, there's a wonderful ceremony that goes on. It's not just the marriage ceremony. There's a ceremony of naming. It's a beautiful, beautiful thing to picture and think about.

Revelation 3:12—Jesus Christ says: "The one who overcomes will I make a pillar in the Temple of My God… [pillars of God's Temple] …and he shall not go out anymore; and I will write upon him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem…"

We're going to get names of God, because we're the children of God. We're going to get names of the City of God, because that's where we'll live.

"…New Jerusalem, which will come down out of heaven from My God; and I [Jesus Christ] will write upon him My new name"  (v 12). We get God's name, and Jesus Christ's name written on us! We get one other name:

Revelation 2:17: "…To the one who overcomes I will give the right to eat of the hidden manna; and I will give him a white stone…"

Precious, beautiful, gorgeous white stone! I picture it ringed with gold and gold chain to hang around our necks.

"…and on the stone a new name written, which no one knows except the one who receives it" (v 17).'

That's how unique an individual we are. Remember talking about how in even reading the Bible each of us is unique and new in our praises to God. This is how unique and new we are to Him. He gives us a name that no one else knows except us! We are talking about new songs of praise. We're going to have one.

Revelation 5:9 talking about the saints: "And they sang a new song, saying, 'Worthy are You to take the book, and to open its seals because You were slain, and did redeem us to God by Your own blood…'"

We're going to spend a lot of time singing and praising God, because it's just going to come out. We re not going to be able to stop the joy that is in our hearts.

Revelation 14:3: "And they were singing a new song before the Throne… And no one was able to learn the song except the hundred and forty-four thousand, who were redeemed from the earth." That is how glorious new things are going to be! They're just building and building!

Isaiah 66:22: "'For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before Me,' says the LORD…."

2-Peter 3:13: "But according to His promise, we look forward to a new heaven and a new earth…"

Revelation 21:1: "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…"

There are gifts from God to the new children of God! He is getting rid of the old and it is all going to be new!

Revelation 22:2: "And in the middle of the street, and on this side and that side of the river, was the Tree of Life, producing twelve manner of fruits, each month…" This is a new Tree of Life!

The original Tree of Life that we know of was eastward in the Garden of Eden. This is lining the middle of the street, it's running down the middle of the street, and it's on both sides. It's not just one tree, it's a whole row of them. The Tree of Life is everywhere producing fruits.

Verse 5: "And there shall be no night there… [never ever night again] …for they have no need of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God enlightens them; and they shall reign into the ages of eternity."

In the end we are also kings and priests; that's all new. Never before has the Melchisedec priesthood consisted of—as far as we know—anyone but Jesus Christ. We will be priests in that Melchisedec priesthood along with Jesus Christ!

We're now at a place where Jesus Christ—after all the judgment is done, all the resurrections are done—delivers up the Kingdom to God, His Father. Right now He has been given all authority under heaven and on earth, and He's going to turn it back over to God the Father. Why? Because there's a new King that we will have!

Matthew 5:34: "But I say to you, do not swear at all, neither by heaven, for it is God's Throne; nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet; nor by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King" (vs 34-35). God is the new and great King in the end! One of the most beautiful things in all Scriptures is:

Revelation 21:5: "And He Who sits on the Throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new.' Then He said to me [John], 'Write, for these words are true and faithful.'"

Here's something that I want to point out to you. We are at the end of what we know in the Bible about the plan of God.

Isaiah 9:7: "Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end…"

The word government literally means empire! Think about this. This is after all things physical are done away, Satan is gone forever. It is a spiritual Kingdom of God and spiritual children. And His government and peace is continually increasing. That means it's changing, and if it's changing, it's something new.

In other words, God's Kingdom will be forever new! There will be no end of new! In fact, you might call it a never-ending climax of new! It will be an eternity of defining moments, every one of them special and new for all eternity.

"…The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this" (v 7).

God is zealous and passionate to get to this place where WE, as His eternal children, are able to receive all things new, and all things forever new!

There is nothing greater than what we have just talked about to ponder on this beautiful Sabbath.

Scriptural References:

  • Ecclesiastes 1:9-10
  • Isaiah 43:19
  • Deuteronomy 20:5
  • Deuteronomy 24:5
  • Nehemiah 1o:39
  • Psalm 40:3
  • Psalm 144:9
  • Isaiah 43:19
  • Isaiah 62:2
  • Genesis 1:1
  • Psalm 104:30
  • Genesis 1:2
  • Matthew 26:28
  • Hebrews 8:8
  • Exodus 23:19
  • Nehemiah 10:35
  • Ephesians 5:2
  • Hebrews 10:1-7, 10, 12
  • Leviticus 23:10-11, 14-16
  • Ezekiel 44:29-30
  • 1 Corinthians 5:7
  • Romans 11:16
  • Psalm 51:15-17
  • Romans 12:1
  • Jeremiah 17:26
  • Mark 12:33
  • Ezekiel 36:26-27
  • Jeremiah 31:33
  • Romans 7:6
  • 2 John 1:5
  • 1 Corinthians 2:16
  • Philippians 2:5
  • Galatians 2:20
  • Zephaniah 3:9
  • Hebrews 10:20
  • Romans 6:4
  • Colossians 1:15
  • Revelation 3:14
  • Colossians 3:10
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Acts 7:48
  • Ephesians 2:21
  • 1 Peter 2:6
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19
  • 2 Corinthians 6:16
  • Philippians 3:21
  • Revelation 3:12
  • Revelation 2:17
  • Revelation 5:9
  • Revelation 14:3
  • Isaiah 66:22
  • 2 Peter 3:13
  • Revelation 21:1
  • Revelation 22:2, 5
  • Matthew 5:34
  • Revelation 21:5
  • Isaiah 9:7

Scriptures references, not quoted: Leviticus 1-5

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Transcribed: 8/27/21

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