Masters Plan

Go Therefore and Make Disciples

NEW CREATION

Our Relationship With God

NEW CREATION

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.           2 Corinthians 5:17

Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth his while. 

To waste much time on the old violin, but held it up with a smile. 

“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried, “Who’ll start the bidding for me? 

A dollar, a dollar, then, two! Only two? 

Two dollars, and who’ll make it three? 

Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice; Going for three…” 

 

But no, 

From the room, far back, a grey-haired man came forward and picked up the bow; 

Then, wiping the dust from the old violin, and tightening the loose strings, 

He played a melody pure and sweet as a caroling angel sings.

 

The music ceased, and the auctioneer, with a voice that was quiet and low, said: 

“What am I bid for the old violin?”  And he held it up with the bow. 

“A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two? 

Two thousand, once; three thousand, twice; and going and gone.” Said he.

 

The people cheered, but some of them cried, 

“We do not quite understand, what changed its worth?” 

Swift came the reply; “the touch of the Master’s Hand.”

 

And many a man with life out of tune, and battered and scarred with sin, 

Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin. 

A mess of potage, a glass of wine; a game, and he travels on. 

He is going once, and going twice, He’s going and almost gone. 

But the Master comes and the foolish crowd never can quite understand

The worth of a soul and the change that’s wroght

By the touch of the Master’s Hand.  

                     The Touch of The Master’s Hand-by Myra B. Welch  (1877-1955)

 

Jesus is the Master that can take a life the world says is useless and make it brand new.  Jesus called it being ‘born again’ and only God has the power to do something this miraculous. 

 

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”                                                                                             John 3:3 

 

You cannot meet the Creator of the universe and remain the same.  If the God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present comes to dwell within your soul, you would expect at least some minor disruption.  I think there's a problem when people talk about meeting God or knowing God and yet remain unchanged by God.  When the Creator chooses to dwell within His creation, there is transformation.  If Jesus has come to dwell within you, you are no longer suited for a normal life.   

                  Erwin McManus, The Barbarian Way

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • What in your life needs God’s touch so that it can be made new?
  • In what area(s) of your life have you seen the enemy wreak havoc?  What can you do to do keep this from happening in the future?
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

Additional Quotes

In this I think God has been either terribly misunderstood or tragically misrepresented.   All God seems to be known for is legalism, rules, judgments, commands and wrath.  In fact, Jesus calls us to live a life of unimaginable adventure.  It begins the moment we choose to follow Him.  It is no less than to pass from existence to life.  Though we are not taken out of time and space, we are translated into an entirely different dimension of living.  Jesus tells us that He is the portal into this life and the quest that follows.  Jesus describes Himself as a door, a gate, and a portal.  In other words, an escape hatch.  He has come to free us from a meaningless existence and liberate us to a life filled with adventure.  He has come to lead us out of the mundane and into the extraordinary.  Strangely enough we find it hard to trust Him, while all the time He has bee trying to lead us out of the dark dungeons we have created for ourselves and let us run free in the light of day.  When we come to Him, he translates us into an entirely new realm of living.  His promise is that in Him we will find the life that our hearts have always longed for.  Jesus was crucified as a criminal, but what His accusers didn’t know was that He was planning and fulfilling history’s most extraordinary prison break.  When we open our lives to Him, we can live our lives wide open.  We are translated from one reality into another.  We are now forever in relationship with the One who is the source of love, life, and freedom.   Erwin McManus-Chasing Daylight

One of the revolutionary truths about the Christian life is that we can be like Jesus in a way that no other disciples can be like their master.  In fact, becoming like Jesus is the overarching goal of the entrie Christian life.  The Apostle Paul declares, "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory" (2 Corinthians 3:18).  This transformation is a process that begins now and is concluded in eternal life.  Do we really believe this transformation is possible?  It sounds too good to be true.  Or too impossible.  Isn't becoming like Jesus reserved for pastors or missionaries and the like?  Many of us labor under misconceptions that keep us from entering the life that leads to spiritual abundance,  freedom, and change.    Michael J. Wilkins

You cannot meet the Creator of the universe and remain the same.  If the God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present comes to dwell within your soul, you would expect at least some minor disruption.  I think there's a problem when people talk about meeting God or knowing God and yet remain unchanged by God.  When the Creator chooses to dwell within His creation, there is transformation.  If Jesus has come to dwell within you, you are no longer suited for a normal life.  Erwin McManus-The Barbarian Way

God's purpose has always been about redeeming a people.  But the modern church has reducedit to the conversion of individuals.    Erwin McManus, An Unstoppable Force.

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verses related to this topic

  • Psalm 92:12-14

    Psalm 92:12-14

    The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.

  • Jeremiah 17:8

    Jeremiah 17:8

    For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.

  • Ezekiel 11:19

    Ezekiel 11:19

    And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,

  • Ezekiel 36:26

    Ezekiel 36:26

    Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

  • John 1:13

    John 1:13

    who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor the will of man, but of God.

  • John 3:3

    John 3:3

    Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."

  • John 10:10

    John 10:10

    “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.”

  • John 15:15

    John 15:15

    “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

  • Romans 8:1-2

    Romans 8:1-2

    Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17

    2 Corinthians 5:17

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

  • Galatians 6:15

    Galatians 6:15

    For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.

  • Ephesians 2:15

    Ephesians 2:15

    by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,

  • Ephesians 4:20-24

    Ephesians 4:20-24

    But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

  • Colossians 3:9-10

    Colossians 3:9-10

    Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him

  • Titus 3:5

    Titus 3:5

    He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

  • 1 Peter 1:23

    1 Peter 1:23

    for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

books related to this topic

  • The Barbarian Way

    The Barbarian Way

    Erwin McManus calls you to return to the ancient, primal, and dangerous faith of Jesus and His early disciples. Let go of a sanitized Christianity and get back to the powerful, raw, and ancient faith that chooses revolution over compromise, peril over safety, and passion over lukewarm and watered-down religion.

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