These New Life in Christ Bible verses are for diving deeper into God’s Word to make lasting life change. Use the free printable 30-day Scripture reading plan to grow in faith as you study God’s Word and apply it to your life.
Whether you are reading this at the start of a new year or a time in life when you want a fresh start, this plan will walk you through what the Bible teaches about making changes that are only possible by the power of God at work in your life.
- What is New Life in Jesus?
- 30 New Life Scriptures – Bible Verses about the Newness of Life
- 1. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – The old has passed away, behold the new has come.
- 2. Romans 8:15-17 – You received the Spirit of adoption as sons.
- 3. Colossians 3:3 – You have died and your life is hidden in Christ.
- 4. 1 Corinthians 3:9 – You are God's building.
- 5. Ephesians 4:4-7 – One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.
- 6. Joshua 1:6-8 – Be strong and courageous.
- 7. 2 Peter 1:3 – God called you to His glory & excellence.
- 8. Romans 8:28-29 – God works all things for good.
- 9. Romans 8:37-39 – More than conquerors
- 10. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
- 11: 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 – You have unique spiritual gifts.
- 12. Ephesians 5:17-20 – Be filled with the Spirit and always give thanks.
- 13. 1 John 4:4 – He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
- 14. 1 John 5:4 – You have victory.
- 15. Hebrews 2:11 – Only God can sanctify you.
- 16. James 4:7 – Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
- 17. 1 Peter 1:3-5 – Your salvation is an inheritance.
- 18. 2 Timothy 1:7 – You don't need to be afraid.
- 19. 2 Timothy 1:9-10 – You are saved by grace, not by works.
- 20. Matthew 5:13-16 – You are salt and light.
- 21. Philippians 3:14 – Straining toward the goal.
- 22. Philippians 3:20 – You are not of this world, but a citizen of Heaven.
- 23. Hebrews 10:23-24 – Encourage each other.
- 24. Colossians 1:13-14 – You are forgiven.
- 25. Colossians 1:22 – You are holy and blameless.
- 26. Colossians 2:8-10 – Beware of false teachers of Christ.
- 27. Ephesians 1:4-5 – Be holy and blameless.
- 28. Ephesians 1:6-7 – You are redeemed by His blood and forgiven.
- 29. Ezekiel 36:26 – You've been given a new heart.
- 30. Revelation 21:5 – He made all things new.
- Should Christians Make New Year's Resolutions?
- Bible Verses about Changing Yourself for the Better
- Bible Reading Plan Notebook
- New Life in Christ – Free PDF Printable Bible Verses about Newness
What is New Life in Jesus?
Do you find yourself struggling with who you really are, wondering if you are enough, or who Christ created you to be? Seek guidance in the Lord’s Biblical truths.
All of us are sinful people who cannot make lasting change on our own. When you become a Christian, by the power of the Holy Spirit you accept that Jesus is your Savior.
Lasting change happens not because of the good works you do, but because of Jesus at work in you.
Through this 30 day study, the scripture verses will reveal exactly who God made you to be. God longs for you to know who you are in Christ so that you can live your life as God intended.
30 New Life Scriptures – Bible Verses about the Newness of Life
Here are some meaningful Bible verses about new beginnings.
1. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – The old has passed away, behold the new has come.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.2 Corinthians 5:17
As you think about a new year, a new life, or a fresh start, you might wonder if it’s even possible for you, considering the wrong things you have done or the messes you have created in your life. This verse in Corinthians is such an important reminder that you are a new creation in Jesus. God creates a new heart in you that turns to Him and desires His will for your life.
2. Romans 8:15-17 – You received the Spirit of adoption as sons.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.Romans 8:15-17
You are adopted into the family of God! This verse is especially encouraging to anyone who does not have a close relationship with a biological family. Knowing we are a member of God’s family is priceless.
3. Colossians 3:3 – You have died and your life is hidden in Christ.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.Colossians 3:3
This verse can seem stark but I love it for that very reason. You have died. Your selfish desires can be put to death. Your own willfulness can come to an end. Instead, you have a new life in Christ. When I work with women who come to me for Christian weight loss, I remind them that they can’t lose weight on their own. (Most of them, like me, have tried hundreds of times.) But you can do it by the power of the Holy Spirit at work within you.
4. 1 Corinthians 3:9 – You are God’s building.
For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.1 Corinthians 3:9
You are God’s building. The Holy Spirit is at work in you, preparing and equipping you for the callings God has for your life. This can feel overwhelming but remember it is a privilege.
5. Ephesians 4:4-7 – One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.Ephesians 4:4-7
You are an important part of the body of Christ and you have important gifts. Never doubt that what you have to share with the world matters. Each of us has been given grace because of Jesus’ work on the cross for us.
6. Joshua 1:6-8 – Be strong and courageous.
Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.Joshua 1:6-8
Starting something new requires courage. What is God calling you to do in your life that’s new? Maybe it’s a new relationship. Maybe it’s moving to a new place. Perhaps it’s starting a ministry or writing a book. This verse in Joshua is an important reminder that you will have success when you follow the Lord’s direction.
7. 2 Peter 1:3 – God called you to His glory & excellence.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.2 Peter 1:3
When you are focused on a new path, God’s power will give you new life. Focus on God’s will for you by regularly reading his Word and praying for direction. You cannot fail when you keep God at the center of your efforts.
8. Romans 8:28-29 – God works all things for good.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.Romans 8:28-29
As a parent of children with special needs, I cling to this verse for comfort and hope. Sometimes I can’t see the good that will come from a difficult situation, but I trust God’s guidance.
9. Romans 8:37-39 – More than conquerors
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:37-39
This verse describes how the enemy is completely ineffective and we can have confidence in Christ. His love conquered death and because of that, we have victory in Him that cannot be broken.
10. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.1 Corinthians 6:19–20
Our bodies really don’t belong to us but are a temporary gift from God. That makes it so much more important for us to care for our bodies. Just knowing that our bodies are a gift and treating them as such, we can avoid anything that will defile them whether from sexual immorality or other sins.
11: 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 – You have unique spiritual gifts.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts.1 Corinthians 12:27-31
It is such a blessing that the church, although one body made up of many different people, is filled with individuals who have specific spiritual gifts unique to them. We are called to use those spiritual gifts in our churches and communities to love and serve each other.
12. Ephesians 5:17-20 – Be filled with the Spirit and always give thanks.
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.Ephesians 5:17-20
The Bible clearly tells us that we should not be reckless or unwise in our lifestyle choices. Sin goes against everything God desires for our lives. Instead, we must listen to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to guide us in glorifying God always and giving thanks for everything He has done. What are you thankful for today? (Tell us about it in the comments below.)
13. 1 John 4:4 – He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.1 John 4:4
We can overcome evil! Isn’t that such great news? We can be assured that the power of Jesus Christ is greater than the power of the world, and the Holy Spirit living in us is far stronger than any attack by the enemy. We don’t have to fear Satan. Trust in the Lord. That way, we will overcome the devil’s powers and can live with great boldness knowing God is in control.
14. 1 John 5:4 – You have victory.
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.1 John 5:4
We are overcomers. Jesus has defeated the powers of this world and cannot be overpowered by darkness. In the same way, we are not overcome by evil. We are not weak or defenseless in any spiritual battle. Those battles have already been one by Jesus Christ. We are victorious!
15. Hebrews 2:11 – Only God can sanctify you.
He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers.Hebrews 2:11
You are a member of the family of God. Did you know that God gave us glory and power greater than He gave the angels? He loves us, His creation. Jesus’ life as a man makes Him a perfect leader and a perfect sacrifice. Because Jesus became a man, He can call those of us He saved brothers.
16. James 4:7 – Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.James 4:7
Sometimes, Christians live in a worldly manner. They work to get anything that they want at all costs. They believe in God, but haven’t trusted Him to provide for them. God sees our sin, but thankfully He doesn’t reject us. When we are on the world’s path, we must surrender our own desires and submit to Him again.
17. 1 Peter 1:3-5 – Your salvation is an inheritance.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.1 Peter 1:3-5
God chose us and He sanctifies us. As a believer, we never need to earn anything from Him. It is His Grace when we receive something we don’t deserve, and His Mercy when we should receive punishment for our sins.
Instead of punishment, Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection has given us a life of hope that cannot be taken away.
18. 2 Timothy 1:7 – You don’t need to be afraid.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.2 Timothy 1:7
God tells us numerous times in the Bible to “fear not”. God had given us a spirit of “power and love and self-control.” God is all-powerful. and we can look at Galatians 5:22-23 and read about the Fruit of the Spirit to learn about how we can incorporate love and self-control into our lives.
19. 2 Timothy 1:9-10 – You are saved by grace, not by works.
…who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.2 Timothy 1:9-10
Our salvation is not given to us based on anything we do, but only by the power of God. Remember, God called us to serve others in ministry. We know that God is sovereign, and His purpose and grace can be found behind those He calls to serve. This is a divine calling of God and is not works based on our own deeds.
20. Matthew 5:13-16 – You are salt and light.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.Matthew 5:13-16
From the beginning of time, salt was used for many things. It prevents meat from spoiling and can permanently change and improve the flavor of food.
We serve a Godly purpose just by living out what we believe about Jesus. When we stop living for God, it’s like the meat that has become rotten or salt that has lost its flavor.
Light is an important symbol in the Jewish culture. There is no light in the world without Jesus Christ, and His light is meant to shine and be visible to the world. We are told not to cover our light, but to let it shine brightly so that others may see the light of Christ in us.
21. Philippians 3:14 – Straining toward the goal.
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.Philippians 3:14
When we are running a race, it makes sense to look forward and not behind at our mistakes. Our sins are forgiven, and we have the promise of the ultimate prize – eternal life in heaven with the Lord.
22. Philippians 3:20 – You are not of this world, but a citizen of Heaven.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,Philippians 3:20
As believers, we know our ultimate home is in heaven, not here on earth. Jesus told us that His kingdom is not of this world. What a wonderful promise. Our focus is on Jesus Christ and His return. Now, we live as if Jesus could return at any moment by sharing the good news with others and preparing for His return.
23. Hebrews 10:23-24 – Encourage each other.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.Hebrews 10:23-24
Jesus Christ is God’s ultimate plan for our salvation. We can be encouraged to hold fast and resist anything that tries to take us away from Him. At the same time, we are called to watch out for the dangers of taking the gift of our faith for granted. We should embrace the confidence we have in Christ and His salvation.
24. Colossians 1:13-14 – You are forgiven.
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.Colossians 1:13-14
If you are a believer, God has rescued and redeemed you and transformed you into a new creation meant for heaven. Believers are not just protected from the penalty of sin; we are completely removed from it. We know that God’s beloved Son is Jesus, and we look forward to eternal life with Him.
25. Colossians 1:22 – You are holy and blameless.
He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.Colossians 1:22
As hard and painful as it is to grasp, the sacrifice of Jesus makes us right with God. There are 3 reasons given for Jesus to suffer such a horrific death. First, we can’t be holy without His sacrifice. Second, His unthinkable sacrifice provides forgiveness of our sins. Third, Jesus died so we could be above reproach based on what He did, not on our earthly efforts. We are made clean by Christ.
26. Colossians 2:8-10 – Beware of false teachers of Christ.
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.Colossians 2:8-10
This verse gives us a warning against false teaching. In the world, we see spiritual laws and rules from man-made sources, not of the Bible. We are to focus on God’s Word and Jesus Christ as the truth. Do not fall prey to deceptive teaching and unbiblical human wisdom. Beware of false teachers of Christ.
27. Ephesians 1:4-5 – Be holy and blameless.
…even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.Ephesians 1:4-5
God’s wisdom and power are so great that He knew all of history, even from the beginning. He knew the end before the start. We now strive to live in a way that honors God. This is especially true for church leaders, but includes all Christians.
28. Ephesians 1:6-7 – You are redeemed by His blood and forgiven.
…to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.Ephesians 1:6-7
Grace is a powerful gift and blessing from God. It is amazing to imagine that the God who created everything, has created us and planned for each of us to become a child of God, so we may look forward to spending eternity with Him.
29. Ezekiel 36:26 – You’ve been given a new heart.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.Ezekiel 36:26
What a blessing to think that despite our past indiscretions, sin, and disobedience, God has given us the opportunity to come to know Him as our Lord and Savior. When you come to Jesus, you receive a new heart and a new life in Christ forever.
30. Revelation 21:5 – He made all things new.
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”Revelation 21:5
When God created the heavens and the earth, He said it was good. When sin entered the world, it brought death. There are so many troubles in today’s world including violence, pain, and sickness. God promises that one day we will have victory over these things and because we have Jesus, He will make everything new – a new heaven, a new earth, and a new freedom from sin.
Should Christians Make New Year’s Resolutions?
Are you wondering what the Bible says about New Year’s resolutions? Certainly, the Bible encourages us to continually improve our lives to be more like Christ. This change comes not from within us but is due to the power of God at work in our lives.
We are sinful people living in a broken world, so in this lifetime, we will never be able to accomplish all we resolve to do. Still, we should continue to seek after God.
Billgraham.org says we are to turn to God, confess our sins to Him, and seek His help to live the way we should.
Bible Verses about Changing Yourself for the Better
The way to lasting, meaningful change is through staying grounded in God’s Word. This reading plan is a perfect accompaniment to any of your plans.
Several times in my life I’ve made a significant change, the biggest being my 100 pound weight loss. (Read my 100 pound weight loss story here.) I never could have found success without the power of God’s Word.
My prayer is that every verse in this 30 day plan will be a reminder of who you are in Christ because you are uniquely and wonderfully made by Him.
Bible Reading Plan Notebook
Be sure to download The Holy Mess 30 Day Bible Reading Plan Note Book which is the perfect accompaniment to any of our Bible reading plans.
With space for writing and reflection each day, this notebook helps you make the most of your time in God’s Word.
New Life in Christ – Free PDF Printable Bible Verses about Newness
This 30-day plan will lead you in reading a small section of Scripture each day as you study what God’s Word says about the newness of life and new life in Jesus.
These verses are especially meaningful to study at the New Year, when setting New Year’s resolutions, for a fresh start, a new home, and in the Spring.
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