Friday, March 12, 2010

123) Newness of life

Romans 6:3-4 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (4) 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.

Those who are in Christ have been baptized through saving faith into his death. This is not merely a baptism done by men with water, but is a baptism of regeneration performed by God that is immediately followed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of believers. Just as Christ died for sin, believers die to sin when the Holy Spirit makes a new creation out of hearts of stone that were once captive and slaves to sin. Through the power of God in this work of the Holy Spirit, believers are enabled to walk in newness of life. God gives a new nature to believers that cause this transformation as the old has passed away and the new has come. Amazingly some things they once liked suddenly become unappealing, and things that once were unappealing become things desired. While the old man strives to regain control, those who are in Christ have been set free from the power of sin.

Focus on Christ #123


mark pierson said...

"While the old man strives to regain control,......"

Good, you've left no wiggle room for those who like to misrepresent our position.

jazzycat said...

It is really an insult to the holiness and power of God to think He can save but not change people from the inside out. The belief that men can be saved and yet not be delivered from the power of sin is absurd. Paul explains that is impossible over and over again in chapters 6-8 of Romans.