Clearance of the past

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CLEARANCE OF THE PAST

2 Cor. 5:17       So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away

 

Clearance of the Past

After a person is saved, his old way of living and his old conduct of the past should come to an end. Before he received salvation, he was a sinner living in sin. He was also a man of the old creation, behaving in the way of the old creation. But now, having been saved, he has become a man of the new creation with the life of the new creation; as such he should have a new beginning, a new start, and live a new life spontaneously.

Furthermore, this clearance is not a regulation in the church. The church has no such regulation or requirement. However, the life we have obtained is holy, and the Spirit in us is moving and working. Hence, the Spirit will definitely require us, by the holy life within us, to remove all idols and things pertaining to idols, demonic and dirty things, to restore what we owe, and to cut off the old way of living

One example of the clearance of the past is seen in the case of the Thessalonians. To turn to God from idols is not only to turn away from false gods, with the devil and demons at their back, but also from all things that replace God. A second example of the clearance of the past is seen in the case of the Ephesians. Acts 19:19 tells us that the Ephesian believers who practiced magic brought their books together and burned them. This is the basis for our practice of burning for the destruction of the demonic and dirty things, the improper things. A third example of the clearance of the past is seen in the case of Zaccheus, in his restoring of what he owed others. As soon as he was saved, Zaccheus said to the Lord that if he had taken anything from anyone by false accusation, he would restore four times as much.

 

Ending the Old Way of Living

It is not a matter of asking ourselves about our sins]in the past; it is a matter of asking ourselves whether we, as children of God, should be the same as before.

Thus, life and peace are the degree to which we are required to clear up the past. If we follow the demand of our inner feeling to…confess our sins, to abandon idols, to destroy demonic and unclean things, to restore what we owe, and to end our old way of living, we will surely feel strengthened, enlightened, satisfied, and enlivened; we will also feel peaceful, secure, and full of the presence of the Lord.

Hymn 309

1 What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought

Since Jesus came into my heart!

I have light in my soul for which long I had sought,

Since Jesus came into my heart!

3 I’m possessed of a hope that is steadfast and sure,

Since Jesus came into my heart!

And no dark clouds of doubt now my pathway obscure,

Since Jesus came into my heart!

 

  Chorus

Since Jesus came into my heart!

Since Jesus came into my heart!

Floods of joy o’er my soul like the sea billows roll,

Since Jesus came into my heart!

 

4 There’s a light in the valley of death now for me,

Since Jesus came into my heart!

And the gates of the City beyond I can see,

Since Jesus came into my heart!

2 I have ceased from my wand’ring and going astray,

Since Jesus came into my heart!

And my sins which were many are all washed away,

Since Jesus came into my heart!

5 I shall go there to dwell in that City I know,

Since Jesus came into my heart!

And I’m happy, so happy as onward I go,

Since Jesus came into my heart!

 

 

 

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