Walk In Newness of Life

Romans 6:1-6

Psalm 99:1-5; Ezekiel 36:24-28; Isaiah 6:1-9

Call to worship: God who rules over all the earth, who is our King, who is great and awesome… is holy. This holy God is one who takes us out from the nations, cleanses us from all our filthiness and idols. He grants us his Spirit who causes us to obey him and will be our God. This thrice-holy God takes our iniquity away, purges our sin, graciously uses us as his ambassadors. Our holy God expects his people to be holy as he is holy, to show it by new way of life.

You might think – I got saved a long time ago, been walking this road a lot of miles; I get idea of new life for new Christian, aren’t I kinda old for that now? Paul, 2nd letter to saints at Corinth: “even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day.” (2 Cor. 4:16, NET) Doesn’t matter how old in the faith we are, each day should be getting a little more like Jesus… thinking, saying, doing what is pleasing to him.

Observe in our text pronouns Paul used: without exception… “we”, “us”, “our”. Probably written during 3rd missionary journey, Paul by no means new believer… yet included himself: we were buried, we should walk, we should no longer… This “new” way of life never to become “old” way, is to remain with us, describing us for duration. Specific ways new life is expressed / displayed change and mature over time, new character should persist and grow and become operative in all we do.

What are some of characteristics Paul had in mind that display newness following conversion and baptism?

1. under new ownership

no longer slaves of sin but slaves of righteousness (Rom. 6:17-18)

come into this world enslaved in sin – Rom. 5:12Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned;”

only God has power to “deliver us from the power of darkness and convey us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,” (Col. 1:13)

God breaks every chain that enslaves, every thing that binds us to sin and Satan and darkness, sets us free to be joined inseparably to Christ… forever

when God does so, puts his mark on us… mark of his Spirit “who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” (Eph. 1:14)

Baptism signifies that we belong: — not to ourselves, — not to our guilty past, — not to our fearful future, — nor to the demonic powers that surround us. — Instead our baptism declares we have been reclaimed as the property of Jesus Christ.” Leadership

2. guided by new principles

ones that lead to holiness (1 Pet. 1:15)

the God who called us is holy, the Christ who purchased us is holy, the Spirit who brought us to life is holy, we must be holy

every principle we follow as guide should enable / encourage us to grow in holiness – more set apart from world, more devoted to Christ and his use

seeking kingdom of God first (Matt. 6:33)

things world thinks important / significant, if they show up at all are secondary – first question: is what I’m about to do pleasing to God?

second question: how can I use what God has entrusted to me for his glory and advance of Christ’s kingdom?

3. have new motives

living to please God rather than self (1 Pet. 4:1-2)

Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.”

obeying from the heart rather than for reward (Rom. 6:17)

primary motive for all we do: love for God – he loved us first and we love him in return… want to please him, avoid whatever would displease God

motivated by love for others (1 Pet. 1:22)

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,”

the kind of love that seeks what is best for the other person, to own detriment if necessary – remember what Jesus’ love for us cost him

4. pursue new objective

to be like Christ (Rom. 8:29; 1 John 3:2)

new objective is our new destiny: to be conformed to likeness of Christ – to become more like him daily so those who see us know who we belong to

times we miss the mark not failures – are opportunities to demonstrate God’s love and forgiveness to sinful people

don’t worry, even when do your best in Christ’s strength to please him, will be times you fall short – be sure you honor Christ in that also

glory of it all is one day we will be like him… in every measure possible… because will see him as he really is in all his glory

to glorify God by doing his will (Col 3:17, 23)

objective should be to do everything in the name of Jesus, in a way that pleases Jesus, because are doing it for Jesus

why don’t people get converted, baptized, then off to heaven? one reason – Jesus no longer in world, so he works through his people to accomplish his purpose

5. experience new emotions

inexpressible joy (1 Pet. 1:8; John 16:20, 22, 24; 17:13)

most-repeated concept in Jesus’ farewell: that his followers would have joy, fullness of joy, joy that no one could take away, not subject to circumstances

hatred of sin (Rom. 7:15; 12:9)

closer we are to Jesus, more he fills our vision, more hateful sin appears, greater our desire to avoid it at all costs

not case of how much like world can we be without crossing line… not even situation of using world’s methods to win lost – longer we follow Christ, more uncomfortable should be in worldly situations

sorrow over the lost (Rom. 9:2-3; Phil. 3:18-19)

Paul had great sorrow, continual grief over lost countrymen; wept over those who were enemies of the cross; Jesus sought forgiveness for those who crucified him

one living new life sees more clearly than ever destiny of the lost, is brokenhearted over loved ones, friends

6. given new hope

hope of glory (Col. 1:27)

not a “wish so” kind of hope, a real hope / confidence because we have Christ in us, the hope of our eventual glory

hope of eternal life (1 Pet. 1:3-5)

does not depend on us fanning the flame to keep hope alive – is the power of God that preserves us and maintains hope

7. inherit new possessions

peace that passes understanding (Phil. 4:7)

peace that guards hearts and minds from turmoil, discouragement, anything that would take focus off Lord Jesus

an inheritance (Rom 8:17)

joint-heirs with Christ of an incorruptible inheritance reserved in heaven, waiting for day when we will take possession of it

every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3)

absolutely nothing we need to live pleasing to God – material or spiritual – that he is not ready to supply abundantly

So here is the question:

“Is there something about your life and activities that cannot be explained in ordinary terms and can only be explained in terms of your relationship to the Lord Jesus? Lloyd-Jones

With God’s help, our committed dependence on him, availing ourselves of means of grace – preaching / teaching of Word, prayer, ordinances – faithfully encouraging one another, we all can walk in newness of life.

 

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