The Truth about the Newness of Life (Romans 6)

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. Romans 6:4

Last week I attended a GBC Conference where Dr. Johnny Hunt was the speaker.  The conference focused on the work of a pastor and his team in the Kingdom Growth of churches.  The conference was great.  The number one challenge I gained from the conference was this: “Stick to the truth of God’s Word.”

Dr. Hunt spoke about the eroding mindset of church goers who were pushing back against the great truths of God’s Word.  At one point Dr. Hunt said: “At this rate, if we continue to tear down Gods Word, we will cease asking people to repent from anything.”  I have not been able to get away from that statement.

I believe the Apostle Paul, according to Romans 6, would amen the above statement.

In our reading for the day Paul is anticipating the negative response that is coming from those who do not understand grace.  In their minds, grace is a license to sin.  They believed Paul’s teaching on grace would lead to the total ignoring of the ethical requirements of the law.  The fact is, the opposite is the case.

Paul further teaches us about the glorious new life one has when true grace has been applied.   Those who have surrendered their lives to Christ have actually been set free from the dungeon of sins hold.  There is now a new desire placed within each person who says “yes” to Jesus.

Paul gives three commands to those who have been crucified with Christ, Vs: 12-13:

  • Sin must no longer be in charge of your decisions.  You now have authority in Christ.
  • Your life (members) is no longer to be used to further the sinful pleasures of the depraved man.
  • Your life (members) is now presented to God as a wonderful instrument for righteous deeds.

Paul further clarifies these commands in Vs: 14:

14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Paul gives us a compelling summary statement in Vs: 22:

22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

Those who have this newness of life have repented of their rebellious life and they are embracing this new life before God.  This is what it means to be set free and to become sanctified before God.  The greatest joy is in knowing that at the end of the road is eternal life in Jesus Christ!!!

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