Walk in Newness of Life


Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.   Romans 6:4

The newborn baby, the freshness of Spring, the first morning light—these are things that shout newness into our lives.  The old gets burdensome and the new holds the promise of something different.  I have come to believe that the purpose of sleep and the change of day is primarily to give us an opportunity to experience the hope that something new brings.

The message of Jesus is a message about something new, something different.  Because of Him we sing a new song.  From Him we receive a new name.  In Him we receive new life.  Jesus makes all things new!

So why should we live our daily lives in the old?  Why should we continue to suffer condemnation, shame, discouragement, hopelessness?  Those things were part of life before Jesus.  They aren’t true for us anymore.  Now the new has come.

Under the law there is no hope.  Each day is like the last, filled with frustration and guilt.  You have to measure up, but you will never measure up.  Failure is just part of the day.

I remember Howard Hendricks talking about meeting people who were always “under the circumstances.”  How are you doing today?  Ok, I guess under the circumstances.  Then Hendricks would lift up that booming voice and say, “Well, what are you doing under there?”

We are no longer under the circumstances of the law, with its guilt and shame and failure.  We are under grace, the knowledge of the eternal love of God and His work on our behalf.  Day by day, moment by moment, we live with His acceptance and divine friendship.  Nothing is the same.

So we no longer walk in oldness of life.  Now we walk in newness of life!

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