No, it is not December. Nor is today’s post part of any Christmas pageant, yet Luke 2:14 (ESV) reads
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
The new creation that has been created within us by the power of God is equal to the intention of the gospel itself. The purpose of the new creation is to promote and develop holiness in the believer. It is through holiness that we are able to honor God in the way that He is worthy. This is the first and premier lesson taught to us by the gospel.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:11-14, ESV)
The purpose of God in creating a new creation in the soul of man is for the glory of God. Regeneration changes everything for a man. Not only does it change his disposition, his character, and his eternal destiny, regeneration changes the sole reason for the existence of a redeemed man.
Therefore, our redemption is not only in anticipation of future bliss, but it designed that we would live to God. We are called to live according to the intent and purpose of our gospel redemption.