Walk in newness of life

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

Jesus Lives, and So Shall I – ChurchFolk

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Turn to the Lord

 So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth,[a] called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—  remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.  He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace,  and might reconcile both groups to God in one body[b] through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.[c]  So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near;  for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God,  built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.[d]  In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord;  in whom you also are built together spiritually[e] into a dwelling place for God. – Ephesians 2:11-22

Now as Peter went here and there among all the believers, he came down also to the saints living in Lydda.  There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, for he was paralyzed.  Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed!” And immediately he got up. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. – Acts 9:32-35

Turn to Jesus – Hermann Kim