1 January, 2023
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Lord God, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of all, you have, by conquering sin and death through Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, helped us reconcile ourselves to you, through Jesus’ invaluable sacrifice for mankind, bridging the almost irredeemable breach we had caused for ourselves through violation of your Holy Will, wallowing in sinful depravity, defiling our souls and rendering them to the evil one. But you intervened and took upon yourself the mighty price of ransom for our sins by the Most Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus.
You have adopted us as your children in Christ, made new and sanctified by your saving grace. Irrespective of race, gender, heritage, nationality, colour or ethnicity, the gospel of Christ is for all who believe are positioned in Christ, by faith. By faith, we have become part of your new creation, born of the Spirit, washed in Christ’s blood, and a member of His Body. By our baptism, we are covered in Christ’s perfect righteousness. We are no longer in bondage, but co-heirs to the Kingdom of heaven, no longer condemned but awarded deliverance from the tyranny of Satan’s snares, with a heavenly destiny and a glorious inheritance.
We are positioned in you, God, seated with you in heavenly places, and have received the indwelling Holy Spirit, to lead and guide us into all truth, with the free gift of eternal life in Christ. We shall firmly endeavor to true holiness in faith, to conscientiously honor your statutes and to uphold your new Covenant with us, in anticipated fervor of delighting in your presence forevermore, giving praise and glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen