To have a new life and to move and act in that new life means we are now operating with new principles and under new powers as those who have been justified and have now a new hope because of a new birth.
This walk can be quite difficult – and it helps to know that the glory of the resurrection and the complete putting off of the flesh lies before us.
The Father pronounced His final victory over sin and over death as He raised Jesus from the dead. We join in that victory as Christ leads us into our new life – not just a different lifestyle; rather one operating from a completely redefined perspective. We are actually made new by and through our relationship with Christ. Again, this does not take away what our walk looks like or the intensity of our struggle that we will encounter. But it does determine that there is now hope and there is a promise of victory as Christ enfolds us into His resurrection. Our new walk is one that is done daily with God.
That is why life that has been freely given by grace is not an invitation to sin. Our hope in a future resurrection makes itself known with the life we live now – one where sin has been put to death and we walk in newness and righteousness of life.
It is this very promise that one day we will share in this victory that gives us the desire and power to overcome sin right now.
“Sin can’t enslave a person who is utterly confident and sure and hope-filled in the infinite happiness of life with Christ in the future.” – John Piper
1 Peter 1:3 reminds us that living means our hope is rock solid. Our salvation can be described in the past, present and future.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. – Romans 6:3-4