Walking in Newness of Life

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:3-4

Romans 6:4 tells us that we are buried with Christ in His death and that we, like Him, have been raised from the dead.  Because of this, the verse tells us that we should “walk in newness of life.”

The imagery here is that, just as Jesus died on the cross and lay in the grave, we were dead in sins.  And, just as He rose from the grave with new life, He gave us  new life.  And, now that we have new life, we should live and walk in that new life.

Jesus was not the same after He rose from the grave.  Before, while He lived on the Earth, he was subject to the same things to which we are subject: hunger, thirst, exhaustion, etc.  But when He rose from the grave, He had “newness of life.”  He ascended to Heaven.  He appeared wherever He wanted to be.  He was different.

While we are not going to be physically different after we are saved, we definitely should be different.  We were dead and are now alive.  That in itself is a major difference.  We have new life and our lives should reflect that.  We should hate sin with a new passion.  We should start showing forth the fruit of the spirit in our lives.  We should start loving people and wanting to help them.  Our attitude should be different and our spirit should be different because our heart is different.

How are we living and walking today?

 

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