Made New: Examples Of New Beginnings In The Bible

Everyone loves a new beginning. A fresh start can be exhilarating, like a new year, a new hobby, or a new phase of life. When old things are left behind, we have high hopes that our next steps will be fresh in our own lives. 

A few of the new beginnings in the Bible are God creating the world, Jesus rising from the dead, and the newness of life that comes out of a saved soul. Join me as we explore this collection of Bible verses that tell of new beginnings.

Some of these verses are prophetic, others are part of Biblical history, and still others are comfort for when we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory. But all are from God’s Word, for us to take to heart, study, memorize, and generally rest in when the need arises. 

New Beginnings In The Bible: Creation

The creation of the world and everything in it was the ultimate new beginning, planned, initiated, and carried out by God. Throughout the Bible, starting with Genesis chapter one, we can read about God’s new creation. 

The book of Genesis contains the most complete narrative of the creation story. But there are many other references to creation throughout the Scriptures that point to the continuity of the entire Bible. 

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (HCSB)

Genesis 2:7

Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being. (HCSB)

Acts 17:24

The God who made the world and everything in it – He is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in shrines made by hands. Neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives everyone life and breath and all things. (HCSB)

Revelation 4:11

Our Lord and God, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created. (HSB)

The Restoration Of Job

The Old Testament book of Job gives us a vivid example of the restoration God can bring after any trial. God’s hand is powerful as we suffer and He is not oblivious, but is constantly working us all toward restoration. 

Job, a faithful and righteous man in the ancient world, lost everything and felt hopeless, yet he never gave up on God. His friends willingly set out to stay beside him through it all, but soon started becoming wise in their own eyes, thinking that Job must have done something terrible to deserve the extent of suffering they saw. 

In the end, God showed up and in chapters 38-42 God demonstrates His full charge of the entire universe and its functions. His questions toward Job are awe-inspiring, as we see Job being restored and renewed to a batter state than he had ever experience of imagined. 

Although Job had been a righteous man and never fully gave up on trusting God, he found out that man’s righteousness can in no way be compared to God’s and learned that without a doubt he could trust God through the best and the worst.

Job’s former way of life and thinking was good, but God turned it from good to best. He truly Is a God of new beginnings. 

Job 42:10

And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. (HCSB)

Isaiah 64:6

But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (HCSB)

Ephesians 3:20

Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power, he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. (GW)

Rescue From Slavery

God’s chosen people, the Israelites, had been held captive and enslaved in Egypt for 400 years. But God had a plan to rescue and restore them. He prepared Moses to lead these people out of their captivity and bring them into the land He had promised them many years before. 

New beginnings don’t always happen quickly, nor are they always accomplished with comfort and ease. It took many generations and many more years for the Israelites’ fresh start in their new land, but God was showing them His character and His plan even as He slowly prepared them and opened a new chapter in their history.  

Exodus 6:7-8

I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. You will know that I am Yahweh your God, who delivered you from the forced labor of the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give It to you as a possession. I am Yahweh.” (HCSB)

Deuteronomy 8:7-10

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with streams of water, springs, and deep water sources, flowing in both valleys and hills; a land of wheat, barley, vines, figs, and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey; a land where you will eat food without shortage, where you will lack nothing; a land whose rocks are iron and from whose hills you will mine copper. When you eat and are full, you will praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you. (HCSB)

New Morning Mercies

We see God’s faithfulness in His willingness to give us a brand new start each and every day of our lives.

The beauty of a new day is something so common that we often take it for granted. Yet God gives us a new sunrise, fresh grace, and new opportunities with each new day.

Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. (ESV)

Psalm 118:24

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 143:8

Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning, for I trust In You. Reveal to me the way I should go because I long for You. 

Jerusalem’s Temple And Wall Rebuilt

In the books of Nehemiah and Ezra, we see each of these men following the call of God to return to Jerusalem to rebuild. They returned to the native city of their ancestors and against much opposition, they helped put ruined Jerusalem back together. 

The rebuilding was not just simple construction. There was great opposition to everything they set their hands to do, because of evil detractors and political upheaval. 

The temple was finally rebuilt after years of struggles and waiting. Once the building of the wall got underway, it only took a remarkable 52 days – but they were 52 days that required great focus and courage. 

Isaiah 61:4

They will rebuild the ancient ruins; they will restore the former devastations; they will renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. (HCSB)

Ezekial 36:10

I will fill you with people, with the whole house of Israel in its entirety The cities will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. (HCSB)

Ezra 9:8

But now, for a brief moment, grace has come from Yahweh our God to preserve a remnant for us and give us a stake in His holy place. Even in our slavery, God has given us new life and light to our eyes. (HCSB)

A New Heart

David is sometimes known as a man after God’s own heart, although he was a sinner, just like everyone is. He asked God for a clean and renewed heart. Prophets spoke of God’s promises to give His people a new heart and remove their heart of stone.

We are renewed when we accept Jesus as the Lord of our lives and the forgiver of our sins. At that time our hearts are washed clean and white as snow.

We can then realize that true freedom comes from knowing that our salvation depends fully on the blood of Jesus and not from our own good deeds. 

Psalm 51:10

God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (HCSB)

Jeremiah 24:7

I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am Yahweh. They will be My people, and I will be their God because they will return to Me with all their heart. (HCSB)

Ezekiel 36:26

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (HCSB)

The Birth Of Jesus 

As the Old Testament closes, God’s people had 400 years of silence from God and the prophets, and it appeared that God had given up on His people.

Suddenly, as the New Testament opens, humanity sees that God has not forgotten His people, as He brings to them the Savior who was prophesied of and prepared for throughout the history of the world. 

Jesus brings a new and different rescue from slavery. God has sent His own Son to rescue all people (not just the Jews) from our sins, adopting all believers into His family, and giving us the promise of eternal life. 

Hebrews 10:10-12

For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. (NLT)

Romans 5:8

But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! (HCSB)

The New Commandment

Jesus tells us that His sacrifice provides us with a new commandment, taking the place of the many, burdensome Jewish laws (many of which had been fabricated by humans), now focused on love. 

This clarified for all that God’s intention all along was to bring the Gentile unbelievers into His family by bringing both groups together into one brotherhood with Jesus Christ being the head of the church of believers. 

When we truly love God and others, we are not going against God’s covenant or commandments – we are fulfilling them.

Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the Law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire Law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (NLT)

Jeremiah 31:33

“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days, “says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (NLT)

Romans 13:8-10

Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments: Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not covet’ and whatever other commandment — all are summed up by this: Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law. (HCSB)

Salvation And Jesus’ Resurrection From The Dead

Probably the most popular new beginning in the Bible is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. God performed miracles on that day that we still marvel over. He allowed His beloved Son to be horribly murdered on an instrument of torture, the cross.

And then He brought that Son, the Messiah, back to life to prove His power over death. It may be difficult to grast the true meaning of it. But, in being crucified, Jesus took on the sins of all mankind once and for all, giving His life for us.

Now, because of God’s mercy and Jesus’s sacrifice, everyone is offered a new life and new identity, and the opportunity to be adopted into the family of God. 

The old self is gone and we have a new self and a new start when we accept His glorious offer. And when we accept the offer to become a child a God, we are also gifted with the promise of eternal life, not in this flawed and imperfect world, but in heaven, forever.

For more on the opportunity to live in true freedom, read How To Experience True Freedom In Christ.

John 15:13

No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends. (HCSB)

Isaiah 53:4-5

Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and he carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. (HCSB)

Colossians 1:22

But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him. (HCSB)

1 John 2:25

And this is the promise that He Himself made to us: eternal life. (HCSB)

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Pentecost – The Coming Of The Holy Spirit

Fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus, God sent His promised Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a part of the trinity of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the helper. Each is a separate entity, yet also a part of the others. 

When a new believer accepts Jesus as their King, each of us receives the gift of the Holy Spirit inside to guide and direct for the rest of our earthly days.

Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (HCSB)

John 14:16

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you. (HCSB)

Acts 2:1-4

When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them. Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech. (HCSB)

A New Heaven

God promises that He will provide us with a new heaven and a new earth when the time is right. There will be a new Jerusalem, the holy city.

We read in the Bible that the first heaven and the old earth will pass away to reveal the new heaven and new city, where those whose names are written in God’s Book Of Life will get to spend eternal glory with Him. 

Isaiah 65:17

“For I will create a new heaven and a new earth; the past events will not be remembered or come to mind.” (HCSB)

Revelation 21:4

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away. (HCSB)

There are mane examples of new beginnings in the Bible, all leading to the living hope of the Messiah. In your own life, whether you are starting a new job or making new year’s resolutions to start fresh in a new, first month of the year, you can rely on God’s timing and purpose for your life. He really is the God of new beginnings. 

Finally, below you will find one last verse about what a renewed life can look like, as the former way of life is put away, and a fresh new beginning starts in the soul. To learn more about the saving grace of Jesus read The Good News: The Gospel Of Salvation.

Ephesians 4:22-24

You took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth. (HCSB)

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