God creates things out of nothing. He is not limited to creating things in a certain way nor at a certain time, because He is omnipotent and sovereign. God is the God of new beginnings. In almost every book of the Bible, we can find examples of God’s wonderful new beginnings-for the Earth as a whole, for nations, for humans, and for all other creatures.
God doesn’t need any help and no one can stop Him from creating new things or giving new beginnings, big or small. He created creation itself, and He created you and me. And He hasn’t stopped yet!
God is ever ready to give us a new start if we ask for it and even when we don’t. Our circumstances do not intimidate Him and neither does any obstacle in front of us. Even if we sinned, our chances of a new beginning are not over. The Bible is full of examples of the fresh starts God gives, based on His loving nature.
What is the Biblical meaning of a new beginning?
The Bible says in Genesis 1 verse 1 (NLT), “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” We must see the word ‘beginning’ from the context because there is no beginning or ending with God. He gave the biggest new beginning we can imagine by creating the universe.
The English verb ‘create’ captures well the meaning of the Hebrew term, which describes the divine action of fashioning something new, fresh, and perfect. It does not necessarily describe creation out of nothing: it stresses forming anew, reforming, and renewing. When God created man (Genesis 1:27), He made him out of nothing.
A beginning is that which is first (the first state, commencement, entrance into being). The natural meaning of the word is regarding time. The Greek root means to draw out, and that is the definition I, as Christian Life Coach, like (LOL). With coaching, we draw out of our clients what God already has put in them. The new start they desire, God has already planted in them. As Christian coaches, we only need to draw it out.
When we got born again, God gave us the ultimate new beginning: Jesus. He, through His Holy Spirit, now lives in us.
Jesus, the beginning and the end
Receiving a new beginning is like receiving a new life. It opens our eyes to the possibilities God sees and helps us to turn our backs on the limitations we see. God’s new beginnings are gifts to us.
God generates fresh starts in our lives from within our spirit, where Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, lives. It is this same power that created the universe that creates new things in and for us. Jesus, the Son of God, the living Word, gives life to us, a new life. He shines light into any dark situation, causing it to lighten up and flourish.
“In the beginning, the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.”John 1:1-4 (NLT)
The Bible says much about Jesus and new beginnings. Jesus Himself is the beginning and the end. And God knows the end from the beginning. What does this mean? When we think we can never make it and are stuck in life, God sees the next step and the end result.
God has the end picture in mind (which is hope and a future) and gives us a new start that is in line with the perfect plan He has for us. He doesn’t give randomly; He gives purposefully.
Jesus Himself is the beginning and the end. His creative power in us generates fresh starts when we need it. He doesn’t just leave it with a start, He will complete it as well. He gives both the beginning (fresh start) and the end (end goal).
“’I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end’, says the Lord God. ‘I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One’.”Revelation 1:8 (NLT)
The resurrection as a new beginning
When we think of other words for new beginnings, we see resumption, rebirth, regeneration, revival, awakening, resurrection, rejuvenation, resurgence, recharging. We can find these in the Bible. I highlighted the ones that jump out:
- Rebirth: our rebirth in Christ.
- Revival: revival through the Holy Spirit in our individual lives, in churches, in communities, in nations, and ultimately globally.
- Resurrection: Jesus rising from the dead.
Jesus’ resurrection gave new life to Him (literally and spiritually) and created a way to new life for us (spiritually). His resurrection offers several types of new beginnings to us:
- New life through our rebirth in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- New spirit inside us (1 Corinthians 3:16).
- New body during the rapture (Philippians 3:21).
- New heart (Ezekiel 36:26)
- New mind through the Holy Spirit’s working in us (Ephesians 4:23).
- New strength by trusting God’s promises (Isaiah 40:31).
‘The God of New Beginnings’ provides rich insights, examples, and guidance for receiving your new beginning from God. You will learn to grasp God’s nature, trust Him, and rely on His unfailing love for you.
Spiritual meaning of new beginnings
The spiritual meaning of new beginnings is a time to start over, to begin again. It’s the perfect chance to clean the slate, put the past behind us, and move forward with a clear conscience. New beginnings are significant because they offer a chance to break with the old and give hope for the future. When all seems bleak, or even dark, God’s fresh starts can let our lives change gear and move in the right direction, a life of light and bright colors.
In fact, all of God’s new beginnings are spiritual: His Spirit generates them in and through us.
Celebrate new beginnings
To add significance to a new beginning, and to keep in track with the new life God offers, it’s good to mark the day or time when God intervened in our lives and gave us a fresh start. We can celebrate those times, like we celebrate the New Year on 1st January each year.
We see in the Bible that the Israelites did the same. They celebrated the new year, and various days and months, because God told them to do so. God knows the importance of spiritual new beginnings and wants us to remember the time it started.
That’s also a reason why it is so powerful to use Bible verses for your new year’s resolutions, to celebrate a new beginning form God.
An example in the Bible is the Feast of the Passover. The Israelites celebrated a new beginning in the first month of their sacred calendar, the month of Abib (Exodus 12:1-2 & 13:4; Deuteronomy 16:10). Abib means sprouting or budding, and to produce the first or early fruit (a full-grown ear of corn). It signifies a new beginning of life. From this, we can see that the spiritual significance of a new beginning is sprouting and growing.
A great verse showing the sprouting character and spiritual new beginning is Isaiah 43 verse 19:
“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth.” (NKJV)
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun!” (NLT)
Examples of spiritual fresh starts
The Bible shows many new beginnings given through God’s resurrection power and has so many examples of people receiving new starts through Him. We can find many Bible verses about new beginnings throughout both Testaments.
But God isn’t limited to do what He did in the past (though He can repeat the same miracles in our lives). He can do so much more, now and in the future. There is no cap on the new beginnings God has in store.
Here are some examples of heavenly new beginnings for our lives:
- Getting born again in Christ.
- A new start when we are stuck.
- New mercies and new chances each day in the morning when we wake up.
- Forgiveness, offering us a new chance after we sinned.
- Revival in our spiritual life: new beginnings with God are possible no matter how spiritually low we have gone.
- Each day, month, and year is God’s gift of a new beginning.
- New hope when we are down and depressed.
- Prosperity, even though our beginnings are small, God can make something big out of it.
- Healing in our bodies.
- A sound mind, free from sin, condemnation, negative thoughts, etc.
- Financial breakthrough in times of scarcity.
- Getting a family when we are lonely.
- A job, a new house, new friends, fresh insights, etc.
The wonder of becoming spiritually new in Christ
The ultimate brand-new start we can receive is becoming new in Christ. A new beginning awaits anyone who is willing and wanting to make Jesus Christ the Lord of their life.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT
When we become Christians, we are spiritually complete new creations. God does not make us renovated versions of our old selves. No. We become new creations on the inside-Jesus placed His Holy Spirit within us, in our spirit. This happens the second we give our lives to Christ. We don’t need to do anything else for it, because it is a spiritual change, not a physical change.
Thank You, Jesus, for the spiritual wonder of new life. I give You glory for making me new in Christ and accepting me as Your daughter. I do not take this for granted.
Thank You for all the new chances and new things you already did in my life. I open myself fully to You and receive all the new beginnings You promise in Your Word, the Bible. It is well with my future because my life is in Your hands.
I step out in Your resurrection power and will do mighty exploits in Your Name. My spirit is filled with Your Spirit, my mind reflects Christ, and my body will be new when You come and pick me for an eternal new beginning in Heaven. Thank You, Lord. All I can say is thank You. Amen.