The God of “New Things”
James R. Aist
“Do not remember the former things nor consider the things of old. See, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not be aware of it?” (Isaiah 43:18-19a)
The more I study the Bible, the more I am impressed with the value and importance of gaining a greater perspective on the nature and ways of God. Isaiah wrote, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). My belief is also that God’s ways are higher than our thoughts. Throughout the history of mankind, from the Garden of Eden until now, God has been at work doing things that He has never done before, things that mankind has never heard of before, things that mankind could not have even imagined He might do. These “new things” always surprise us, but God has His entire plan in His mind already, for He declares the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:9-11). The purpose of my writing this article is to demonstrate that the God of the Bible is, in fact, the God of “new things”, that He has already done many “new things”, that He is doing “new things” now, that He will continue to do “new things”, and that we need not be afraid to embrace and participate in these “new things.” In fact, God characteristically invites us to join Him in some of the “new things” He is doing today. Now, let’s take a brief look at some of these “new things”, in order to gain a clearer perspective on this important characteristic of our God.
First, let’s consider a few of the “new things” that God has already done, beginning with the Old Testament:
- God creates Eve from Adam’s rib (Genesis 2:21-22);
- God sends “bread” from heaven (Exodus 16:11-35);
- God makes water gush from a rock (Numbers 20:11);
- A burning bush is not consumed (Exodus 3:1-4);
- A donkey speaks (Numbers 22:28);
- A snake on a stick is used to heal snake bites (Numbers 21:8-9);
- City walls suddenly tumble down under their own weight (Joshua 6:5).
Next, let’s have a look at some more of God’s “new things”, as recorded in the New Testament:
- Jesus is conceived by the Holy Spirit, rather than by a man (Luke 1:35);
- Two men walk on water (Matthew 14:25-26);
- God the Father raises Jesus from the dead, without human involvement (Galatians 1:1);
- The Holy Spirit begins to indwell believers as they are saved (Ezekiel 26:27, Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Corinthians 12:13, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 1 John 4:13-15);
- The Holy Spirit is, henceforth, poured out on all people, not just a few Prophets (Acts 2:17);
- Items of Paul’s clothing bring healing and deliverance, from a distance (Acts 19:12);
- A coin from a fish’s mouth is used to pay the tax (Matthew 17:27); and,
- Mud made from spit and dust is used to restore a man’s sight (John 9:5-7).
Finally, here are some of the “new things” that God will do in the future:
- Jesus will come again, in the air, to gather the saints to Himself (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17);
- Evildoers will be cut off and banished to the Lake of Fire forever (Psalm 7:9; Revelation 19:19-21; Revelation 20:10, 14-15);
- God will create a new heaven and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17; Isaiah 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-5); and,
- God will make all things new (Revelation 21:5).
Do not fear, Only Believe
As you can see, the God of the Bible is, manifestly, the God of new things. In fact, everything God has ever done regarding mankind was a “new thing” at some point in history! So, when you encounter a supernatural manifestation, remember that it may really be of God, no matter how strange or bizarre or unnecessary it may seem to be. His ways are higher than our thoughts, and its just like God to do something that is new to us. By all means, test it to see if it is of God (click HERE), and if it is, then don’t be afraid to embrace it. After all, that’s what Jesus would do (John 5:19)!
Please don’t misunderstand, and assume that I am saying that God will do only “new things” going forward; I am not. Of course He will continue to do many of the things that He has done in the past. For example, God will always be faithful and just to forgive our sins (1 John 1:9), the Father still draws sinners to Jesus (John 6:44), God still works in the saints to will and to do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13), and Jesus still baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8). God Himself does not change (Malachi 3:6), and Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). But, He is not confined to doing in the future only those things that He has done in the past. To believe otherwise is to put God in a box, and such a god is not the God of the Bible.
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