Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shall we go on sinning? Part 4

v4a -Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, - Lastly this morning we will look at the object of our having been baptized into the death of Christ.  If we’ve died to sin, then sin is not the source of our joy.  Something else is.  We have become new creatures.  What then is our joy?  It is that though we were once reigned by death, now, through Christ, we have life!  Grace and life reign in us!  Christ is our joy!

And if we have died with Christ as Paul suggests, then we must also have been raised with Him and will be resurrected to a perfect life in eternity.

v4b - so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father,

For no other reason does God save us.  He saves us to give us new life and in that He demonstrates His love and grace and receives Glory and Honor.  Jesus was raised through the Glory of the Father, the demonstration of His incomparable, unexplainable Glory.

So, verse 1-3 unpacks the how and what of second birth.  And now the end of that… to what end… to what end have we died to sin and been born again through Christ?  v4c - so we too might walk in newness of life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Newness of life insinuates newness of heart because we know that the heart is vital to our life.  Proverbs 4:23 says that the heart is the well spring of life.  So how do we have a new life if not by receiving a new heart?  Not a new physical heart of course, but the spiritual heart…

Note the posture of the one who has been buried with Christ in the end of verse 4 there.  They are walking.  We WALK on a new path.  Life our life according to the will of God as revealed in His Word.  Old desires will fade and go away as we grow because those old desires no longer have power over us.

Our identification with Christ in His death results in our walking in ‘newness of life’.  What a profound thought.  What an amazing thing to happens to us when God saves us.  We can hardly even grasp it.  The person who responds to the call of the Gospel to repent and trust in Christ… that person is crucified, buried, and resurrected with His Savior so that when God looks at that person He no longer sees the guilty sinner but the sinless Savior.

You began life having violated God’s standards… His Law… Christian, you were enslaved to sin, owing God a debt you could never repay… But through Christ!  Through the merits of the Savior alone!  God cleansed you of all unrighteousness!

If God so loved us, how can we help but to so love Him, that we desire obedience to Him at all costs.  If you do return… or have returned… to the life you lived before coming to Christ and if you are able to continue on in it, then you are more than likely not saved.

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