NEW FROM THE INSIDE OUT
How do we identify in our minds and hearts with this concept of being “new”? We dealt with this subject yesterday from 2 Corinthians 5:17, but Paul has more to say about how this works. Let’s look at Romans 3 to 6 and see how a believer sees himself entering salvation.
Understanding the new life we have in Christ only becomes clear as we see ourselves through a sinful condition, weak and enemies of God. Then salvation as a free gift of grace becomes so amazing. We then want to be identified with the Savior who paid for our freedom with His own blood. We do that through baptism. We see ourselves dead and buried with Christ. But He did not stay in the grave. He was raised from death into life.
Paul’s phrase as he describes this life is; “walk in newness of life.” It becomes a daily experience of walking with Jesus in a life that always glorifies God. We have “received the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness [to] reign in life through…Jesus Christ” (5:17).
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