Questions & Answers Part 6
In last week’s blog I dealt with the power of the will which is the first part of the answer to this question:
How do I surrender my will to Jesus daily and how do I know that I have surrendered all when I surrender my will daily?
The conclusion I came to on the power of the will can be summarized by these 2 points:
- Whoever has control of our will has control over our lives.
- If we do not make the choice to give Jesus control of our will daily we will be controlled by the lust of our flesh which is controlled by the prince of this world: Satan (Read Ephesians 2:1-10).
This week I am going to discuss what happens when we make the choice to give control of our will to Jesus daily. Notice what we are told in II Corinthians 17-20 which reads as follows:
5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 5:18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (Emphasis supplied).
When we make the choice to give Jesus control of our will all things become new because now all things are of God. Before we make the choice to give (surrender) our will to Jesus all things are of our sinful flesh. Even our service to God is controlled by how we feel, what we think is best, how much time, money and talent we think we have. That is because all who are born of the flesh are slaves of the flesh and cannot please God (see Romans 8:5-8). The only way to escape the slavery of our flesh is to be born again of the Spirit and not the flesh. Notice what Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:3-7:
3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (Emphasis supplied).
The only way to be born again of the Spirit is to give Jesus control of your will. This choice gives Jesus the right to take control of our lives and do what is described by the apostle Paul in Galatians 2:20 where he said:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Emphasis supplied).
When we surrender our will to Jesus daily Jesus takes control by crucifying our flesh so we can walk by the power of the Holy Spirit: This is what it means to be born again and this is what makes all things new. In Galatians 6:14&15 Paul says:
6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. (Emphasis supplied).
So the scriptures make it clear that in order to be born again of the Spirit we must be in Christ and in order to be in Christ we must be crucified with Christ daily: In order to be crucified with Christ daily we must give/surrender our will to Jesus daily (see Luke 9:23&24). This is the only way for all things to become new.
But now the question is this:
How does Jesus make ALL things new?
Again, notice what we are told in II Corinthians 5:17&18:
5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 5:18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
Jesus makes all things new by giving us a new purpose for living and that purpose is the ministry of reconciliation. In the verses 19-21 Paul goes on to give more details about how to accomplish that purpose by saying:
5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (Emphasis supplied).
Next week I am going to show how this new purpose for living makes everything new. Until then I leave you with what Jesus said in the 6th chapter of Matthew to ponder and pray over:
6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 6:31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:24 & 31-33 (Emphasis supplied).