Scriptures about Newness

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

1 Peter 3:21 ESV
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Romans 7:6 ESV
But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.

Romans 6:4 ESV
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

2 Corinthians 3:6 ESV
Who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Teach a Just Man

(Proverbs 9:9, Isaiah 26:3)
Teach a Just Man

Teach a just man
And he’ll increase
In learning of
God’s perfect peace.




1 Now Rehoboam went to Shechem, for

               All Israel had gone to make him king

               There, 2 but when Jeroboam, Nebat’s son,

Heard this (he was in Egypt, where he had

               Fled from King Solomon), came back from

               Egypt, 3 so they sent out for Jeroboam,

And he and everyone in Israel

               Went up to Rehoboam and told him:

               4 “Your father put a heavy yoke on us,

But if you’ll ease up on the labor and

               The heavy yoke he put on us, we will

               Serve you,” 5 and Rehoboam answered, “Come

Back to me in three days, ” so people went

               Off, 6 then King Rehoboam talked with elders

               Who’d served his father Solomon while he

Was living. “How would you advise me to

               Answer these people?” he inquired, 7 and they

               Replied, “If you will treat these people kindly

And please them and give them a favorable

               Reply, they’ll always be your servants,” 8 but

Rehoboam rejected the advice

The elders gave him and consulted some

               Young men who had grown up with him and who

Were serving him. 9 He asked them, “What is  your

Advice? How should we answer all these people

               Who say to me, ‘Ease up the yoke your father

               Put on us’?” 10 The young men who had grown up

With him replied, “The people have told you,

               ‘Your father put a heavy yoke on us,

               But you must make ours lighter.’ Now tell them,

‘My little finger is more massive then

               My father’s waist. 11 My father laid on you

               A heavy yoke; I’ll make it heavier.

My father scourged you with his whips; I will

Scourge you with scorpions,’” 12 so three days later

               Jeroboam and all the people came

Back to King Rehoboam, as the king

               Had said, “Come back to me in three days,” 13 and

               The king was harsh in his reply in that

Rejecting what the elders had advised,

               14 He followed the advice of the young men

               And said, “My father put a heavy yoke

On you, and I will make it heavier.

               My father had scourged you with whips; I will

               Scourge you with scorpions;” 15 the king thus did

Not listen to the people, for this turn

               Of the events was from the Lord, and thus

               Fulfilled the word the Lord had spoken to

Jeroboam the son of Nebat through

               The Shilonite Ahijah. 16 Israel

               Saw that the king refused to listen to

Them, so they told the king: “What share have we

               In David, what part in the son of Jesse?

               To your tents, Israel! Look after your

House, David!” So the Israelites went home,

               17 But as for Israelites who lived within

               The towns of Judah, Rehoboam still

Ruled over them. 18 King Rehoboam sent

               Out Adoniram, who was in charge of

               Forced labor, but the Israelites stoned him

To death. King Rehoboam, though, hopped in

               His chariot and he escaped the whole way

               Down to Jerusalem, 19 so to this day

Israel kicks against the house of David.