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He is not here, but is risen. The joy of hearing this news was only surpassed by the joy of actually seeing, hearing and touching the resurrected Christ Himself when He appeared to them shortly. Dearly beloved, you and I have every reason to rejoice because of the resurrection of Christ. It means that we are justified, since the one sacrifice He made has been fully accepted by God the Father.

It means that He has conquered death. Death is swallowed up in victory. It means that we will one day be standing before God with incorruptible resurrected bodies like His. The resurrection is the central tenet of Christianity. Everything we believe in stands or falls with it.

CALLED TO WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE

Even the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15, that if Jesus had not been raised from the dead, then our faith is empty, we are still in our sins, those who have died believing in Him are all perished. So important is Christ's resurrection in the whole of history that many scholars have debated over it.

Volumes of books have been written about it. But till today, no one has ever been able to successfully disprove the resurrection of Christ. And the most compelling evidence of the resurrection of Christ are the countless lives that have been transformed as a result of it.

The glorious power of Christ's resurrection alone can transform the lives of people, where other means and methods have failed. Neither education, nor rehabilitation, nor imprisonment have ever successfully and permanently changed the lives of people. But the resurrection power of Christ has seen great success. And we can still see it working in the lives of people today.

Dearly beloved, you and I are also being transformed by the same resurrection power. But this transformation does not come passively. We are actively involved in the whole process of change. We are responsible to live out all that the resurrection of Christ has accomplished for us. Only then do we experience the power of the resurrection working in us and changing us from within. What we are going to do now is to consider how we should live our lives, in view of the fact that Jesus Christ is resurrected from the grave.

Let us turn our Bibles to the passage in Romans '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. The word 'baptism' here does not refer to water baptism but to our spiritual baptism, which took place at the time we were saved. According to the apostle Paul, when we were saved, we became spiritually identified with Christ in His death, His burial and His resurrection.

It was then that we died to our old life of sin, and we were spiritually resurrected to the new life we now have in Christ. This must cause us now to walk in newness of life, to actually live out in our daily living, the results of our salvation from sin. Now what does it mean, to walk in newness of life? In verse 4 the phrase 'newness of life' is actually connected to the idea of Christ's resurrected body: 'like as Christ was raised up from the dead.

In these earlier resurrections, those who came back to life had the same corruptible bodies they had before they died. But the resurrected body of Jesus was new, different, and superior in quality compared to his former pre-resurrection body.

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It was free from all the aches, pains and physical ailments of the former body. It was created for life in heaven, not on earth. In the same way therefore, our life after salvation should be new, different and superior in quality to our former life. It should be free from all the sinful and corrupt habits of the former life. It lives for heavenly things and not for earthly things any more. This is what we mean by the Resurrected life. As 2 Corinthians says, 'if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. Do you still love the things that you loved before?

If you are walking in newness of life, your values in life will be different. You will be more concerned with the things of God than the things of the world, and with things that are eternal, rather than with things that are temporal, and with things that are above, rather than with things that are on the earth. Let us now go on to see the second thing that is meant by the term 'newness of life': v. For he that is dead is freed from sin. To walk in newness of life therefore means to live a Released life.

The picture Paul uses is that of slaves who are liberated from their bondage. A slave is a person who is owned by another, without any rights at all. Like any other form of personal property, he was to be used and disposed of in whatever way the owner may wish. Before Christ saved us, we were all slaves to sin.

Sin dominated our thoughts and actions like a hard and cruel taskmaster and we were helplessly under its control. We served sin and suffered all the unpleasant effects that came with it: hatred, bitterness, deceit, strife, jealousy, rebellion, pride and lust. But all that has now changed.

Through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are liberated, delivered and set free from its power. Although sin may still be present in our lives, its power over us is broken. We do not have to serve sin anymore. To walk in newness of life therefore means that we are to live a life that is released from the power of sin.

Only those who are truly saved will be able to do this.

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Those who are not saved, cannot succeed to live a released life, no matter how hard they may try, because they are still under the power of sin. Perhaps there may even be someone right here who is like that. Examine yourselves and ask this question: Do I still find myself helplessly under the power of sin? Is my life still controlled by sin and I can't seem to walk in newness of life no matter how hard I have tried? If your answer to both of these questions is 'yes' then perhaps you have not yet been saved. Then you must not delay any longer to come to Jesus Christ and ask Him to come into your life.

Please make sure of your salvation before this day ends.


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Let us now go on to look at the third thing that newness of life means: v. That adds a meaning to the concept of newness of life: it is a Revived life. We were formerly spiritually dead, lifeless and alienated from the life of God. But now, through Jesus Christ, we are made alive to God.

Today, ask yourself:

Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 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.

For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.

Walking in Newness of Life (Forerunner Commentary)

In these verses, we see pictured the figurative burial of the old "dead" man living in trespasses and sin Ephesians in preparation for the birth of the new man in Christ. Jesus permitted John the Baptist to baptize Him as an example for our benefit, though He had committed no sin:.

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. Then Jesus, when He had been baptized, came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. Matthew John adds to this account, helping to pinpoint the time of our receipt of God's gift of His Holy Spirit:.

And John bore witness saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me. Our receipt of God's Holy Spirit occurs when we are spiritually resurrected from our watery grave and by God's grace cleansed through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.

God's Spirit gives birth to the new man as a child of God. It is not the waters of baptism that cleanse us but Christ's blood and the receipt of God's Holy Spirit. John W.