Let us compare
ECCLESIASTES 1:9 AND 10: “THE THING THAT HATH BEEN, IT IS THAT WHICH SHALL BE; AND THAT WHICH IS DONE IS THAT WHICH SHALL BE DONE; AND THERE IS NO NEW THING UNDER THE SUN. IS THERE ANYTHING WHEREOF IT MAY BE SAID, SEE, THIS IS NEW? IT HATH BEEN ALREADY OF OLD TIME, WHICH WAS BEFORE US.”
REVELATION 21:5 “AND HE THAT SAT UPON THE THRONE SAID, BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW. AND HE SAID UNTO ME, WRITE: FOR THESE WORDS ARE TRUE AND FAITHFUL.”
We have all been taught that the Bible is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament; and we know that the Bible speaks of “the old man” and “the new man”. The Bible also speaks of “a new thing”, “a new song”, “a new heavens and a new earth”, “a new garment”, “a new and living way”, “a new birth”, “a new-born-babe”, “a new lump”, “a new creation”, “a new commandment”, “new tongues”, “a new Jerusalem”, “a new fruit”.
It will prove interesting and instructive to study these “New Things” and compare them with the “Old Things”.
Isaiah 42:9 and 10: “Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles and the inhabitants thereof.” … Isaiah 43:19: “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert…… Isaiah 48:6: “Thou halt heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? ..I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them…… Jeremiah 31:22: “How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth. A woman shall compass a man.”
A NEW COVENANT
Jeremiah 31:31 to 34: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah. Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt: which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” . . . Hebrews 8:13: “In that He saith, A new covenant, He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
A NEW SONG.
Psalms 33:3: “Sing unto Him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.”… Psalms 40:3: “And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.” . . . Psalms 96:1: “O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.” . . . Psalms 98:1: “O sing unto the Lord a new song; for He hath done marvelous things! His right hand, and His holy arm, hath gotten Him the victory.” . . . Psalms 144:9: “I will sing a new song unto Thee.” . . . Psalms 149:1 “Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints.” . . . Revelation 5:9: “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue and people and nation.” . . . Revelation 14:3: “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”
NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH
Isaiah 65:17: “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” . . . Isaiah 66.22: “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I shall make, will remain before Me, saith the Lord, so shall your need and your name remain. “
ISRAEL’S NEW NAME
Isaiah 62:2: “And the Gentiles shall see Thy righteousness, and all kings Thy glory: and Thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.”
ISRAEL’S NEW SPIRIT AND NEW HEART
Ezekiel 11:19: “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh. . . . Ezekiel 18:31: “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”. . . Ezekiel 36:25: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
ISRAEL’S NEW FRUIT
Ezekiel 47:12: “And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.”
NEW GARMENTS AND NEW WINE
Matthew 9:16 and 17: “No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse:” “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”
TREASURED THINGS NEW AND OLD
Matthew 13:52: “Then said He unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.”
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW COVENANT.
Matthew 26:28: “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
THE NEW AND LIVING WAY.
Hebrews 10:20: “By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh.”
THE NEW LUMP
I Corinthians 5:7: “Purge-out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.”
THE NEW TONGUES
Mark 16:17: “And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.”
NEW BORN BABES
I Peter 2:2: “As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”
Galatians 6:15: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” … II Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
THE NEW MAN
Ephesians 2:15: “Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain, one new man, so making peace.”
ANOTHER NEW MAN
Ephesians 4:24: “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” . . . Colossians 3:10: “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in KNOWLEDGE AFTER THE IMAGE OF HIM who created him.”
THE NEW LIFE
Romans 6:4: “Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” . . . Romans 7:6: “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.”
THE NEW COMMANDMENT
I John 2:8: “Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in Him and in you: because the darkness is past; and the true light now shineth.” II John 5: “And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.” . . . John 13:34: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
ANOTHER NEW NAME
Revelation 2:17: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit sayeth unto the Churches: To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” . . . Revelation 3:12: “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name.”
A NEW DRINK
Matthew 26:29: “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH
II Peter 3:13: “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” . . . Revelation 21:1: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”
Revelation 21:2: “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
“And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”
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