Nothing New Under the Sun? Really?

sfw1-ck410It seems our society is always running after the latest and greatest and never catching the dream. The latest cell phone is still just a way of communicating with acquaintances. Any “new” invention is just a way of doing the same old thing with a slightly different twist.

Solomon, at the height of his rule as king, noted two cynical views of life: “There is nothing new under the sun” and “All is vanity (in other words a waste). In spite of all God’s blessings in his life, the fabulously wealthy king gives a frustrated and sarcastic point of view – a view that typifies man’s earthly view but is completely at odds with the spiritual view of life on this planet.

Are you frustrated and cynical about your life? Many Christ-followers who don’t know Biblical truth are.

Too many of us live waiting anxiously for all the blessings and reliefs in heaven and never consider that our view of the earthly blessings of believers is tainted by our society’s acerbic perspective.

Is there anything new under the sun? For the Bible studying believer the answer becomes obvious:

We are given a New Life:

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

We celebrate a New Covenant:

And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.        Luke 22:20

Christ-followers have a New Purpose in life:

But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.        Romans 7:6

We have received a New Teaching from the Lord:

They were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”        Mark 1:27

Christians live under a New Commandment:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.        John 13:34

We’re given a New Answer to an old mystery:

that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.        Colossians 1:26–27

Every Christian even receives a New Promise:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”        Revelation 21:1–5

As people of God, believers in Jesus Christ as our Savior, Lord, and King, we should look at life as joyous recipients of God’s “newnesses.” If you are a Christ-follower you should not only rejoice, you should also totally reject that life on this earth, right at this moment, is anything which could remotely be categorized as “vanity.”

In fact, the believer should shout, “Nothing is vanity when lived for the glory of Christ!”

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.        1 Corinthians 15:10

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.        1 Corinthians 15:58

Think about it….

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