A Friend’s Explanation Of The New Life

June 7, 2013

Here is an insightful explanation of the new life from one of Christ’s ambassadors:

Dear friends,

I felt the Lord lead me in doing this short study on Romans 6 and 8, and afterwards felt impressed that God wanted me to share this. I sent this to my friend Rachel, who suggested I write it up in a post form and she would share it on her blog. So here goes…

According to the gospel …

We are not to remain in sin (Romans 6:1-2), but by the same power that rose Jesus from the dead, we are to walk in newness of life. –A new life lived for God by the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. (Romans 6:3-5)

We are to live with God and be alive to God in unbroken fellowship by this same power (Romans 6:11) and we are to offer and yield ourselves to God now. (Romans 6:13-14)

We are now obligated to live by the power of the Holy Spirit and not under sin’s dominion. (See above & 6:15-16; 19)

We are actually to consider ourselves (our bodies) as slaves to God, meaning slaves to now be ruled by the Holy Spirit (as bond-servants) unto obedience, and to offer and yield ourselves to the Spirit, in Jesus, as ones belonging to God, to work righteousness.

Then in Romans 8, again it is made clear that as believers we are to be continously walking under the dictates of the Holy Spirit, meaning that we are in submission and under the control of the Spirit and are not living according to the flesh; and that we are to be continuously depending on the Holy Spirit as we are learning to allow the Spirit to control our thoughts, actions, and ways. It also teaches us that those who walk by the Spirit are free from any condemnation as they are learning to fulfill the law in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1-5)

Walking in submission to the Holy Spirit leads to a life of peace, submission to God’s ways and law, and obedience and fruitfulness. (Romans 8:6) It is only by walking in obedience and in submission to the Spirit (being controlled by the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus) that we can walk in a way that is pleasing to God and be acceptable to Him. This is because this is what He purposed and designed in the Gospel –that we are to be continuously dying to the flesh and walking in a new life under the power and control, leading and guidance of, and in cooperation with, the Holy Spirit, thereby putting to death the flesh by the Spirit. (Romans 8:7-9)

So, as believers who are born again, we are supposed to be debtors, not to live according to the flesh, but debtors to live under the control and power of the Spirit, thereby putting to death the deeds of the flesh. (Romans 8:12-14)


In Love


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