Son of Man
The wages of sin is death – ie separation from God forever and only the shed blood of the Son of Man could have paid for our sin – and only the resurrection of the Son of Man would give us newness of life – a new life in Christ – a new creation in Christ. It was ONLY the humanity of Christ that qualified Him to die – for only as Son of Man did He have the blood pulsing through His veins that was to be shed for humanities sin.
And through Whom a new creation was formed – by Whom new creatures are born from above into newness of life. The former race bore the marks of its origin – fallen Adam. The new race is to bear the marks of its Founder and Fount – the last Adam; the Lord from Heaven; The Son of God and Son of Man.
Newness of Life
When Christ died on the cross, our old sin nature was identified with Christ’s death – the power of the old sin nature was broken by the death of Christ. When He rose from the dead, our new nature in Christ identified with His resurrection.
The righteousness of Christ is imputed to us – in our new life in Christ, for Christ is the power of God and that power has raised us up into newness of life.
Baptism INTO Death
Therefore, we have been buried with Him through baptism INTO death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
There the believer shared the death of the Lord Jesus; for when he became a believer, the life he received was life in Christ, that is, life out of death, resurrection life, newness of life'; and the relation to sin and the law which Christ had, became those of the believer!
Fullness of Life
I am sure all true believers in Christ want to come into vital relationship with God. I am sure all born-again Christians long to know the fullness of Christ’s life within. I am sure many in the church of Christ long to be effective in their service to Him, but fullness of life and service in the inner man is birthed from Christ’s imputed life.. and for believers to live in newness of life in Christ – He first must die on the cross.
The Lord Jesus Christ shows us the nub of this principle within His own godly life. He was the first single and singular seed of wheat to fall into the ground and die, for without His death there would have been no resurrection of the dead – and without His resurrection there would be no newness of life for you or me.
Law of Reproduction
We have been raised to newness of life thru the death and resurrection of Christ, and the law of reproduction dictates that we too must fall into the ground and die: for unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself but if it dies, it produces a large crop.
In so far as we move in the newness of Life, work by the Spirit of God, and walk after the Spirit, death is done away and we are in Life and we can go on and get through, no matter how much there may be of handicap and weakness in nature, we can get through as we go on in the Spirit.
Newness of Life
In Adam we receive an old sin nature, which has a controlling influence on our lives. We know what is good but are unable to perform it, and we know what is evil but we are unable to avoid it..
but in Christ our sin nature died at the Cross and we were raised into newness of life.
Storms of life are battering at my door. I’m sinking in a sea of trouble – now. The swirling tides of difficulty are billowing at my feet, now. Swift currents of pain and disappointments are sweeping me into confusion – now? But look deeper…. He not only died to save you and rose to give you newness of life, (a gift that all who believe on Him receive freely and without cost) – but our lives are hid with Christ in God – Who IS that mighty Anchor!
If ministers and teachers of God's Word would set saints free and establish them in the Gospel, let their preaching and teaching be based upon the sixth and seventh of Romans, the central theme of which is our union with the Lord Jesus in death and burial; and our resurrection and ascension with Him into newness of life; where not the law, but grace, reigneth; where not the letter but the Spirit, moveth the heart and life of the believer.
God’s Laser Beam
We must be willing to open yourself to the laser beam of God’s Spirit. We must allow Him to show you all that Self has become. We must be willing to let all of Self be crucified so that our life is not your own. To rise into the newness of His life in you – the old Life must remain crucified.. until the NEW Life in Christ becomes ;- not I that lives but Christ that lives in me.”
Through the victory won on Calvary we enter into newness of life; and as the old nature seeks to assert its supremacy, each uprising of it must be handed over to the Lord Jesus Christ, that He may deal with it.
Instructions To Follow
We are told to abide in Christ, but some choose not to abide in Him. We are called to walk in the light, but some choose to walk in darkness. We are directed to walk in the spirit, but some choose to walk the way of men. We are instructed to walk in truth, but some deny the Lord that bought them. We are commanded to walk in newness of life, but some choose to walk in the old flesh.
walk in the light and in newness of life, and this is not an impossible task set by a cruel overlord.
God knows the only way to newness of life.. and this will lead to a life of deliverance, power and victory in this world – and in the world to come life everlasting, with an inheritance that passes understanding – all because we chose His way. We are to abide in Christ. We are to called on to walk in truth. We are instructed to walk in the Spirit. We are commanded to walk in the light and we are directed to walk in newness of Life. So just remember..
Familiar as these words and these thoughts are to us, there are tremendous possibilities of freshness, and newness, about the enjoyment of these things.... If there is no fresh glimmer of light and glory associated with the reiteration of this truth, there is all the more reason why we should ask the Lord what has happened to us, that we could contemplate such a thing without a stirring of our hearts.
Remember, there are two paths a born-again believer can follow in their Christian walk: either the grace-promise-faith way or the works-merit-law way; either by grace or works of the law; either by promise or the works of the flesh; either by faith or by merit; either by living a spiritual life or living a carnal life; either by walking in the spirit or walking in the flesh; either by walking in newness of life in Christ or by walking by means of the old sin nature in Adam.
Just as we who are saved by grace through faith were crucified with Christ and identified with His death, so we who are saved by grace through faith are risen with Christ and identified with His resurrected life - for in Him we are born into newness of life. Because He died we are saved by grace through faith.
And so Paul found freedom from the power of sin; life from the icy fingers of death; deliverance from the curse of law; emancipation from the lust of the flesh and liberty to live in newness of Christ's resurrected life - as guided by the Holy Spirit.
We were buried with Him and raised with Him into newness of life at His resurrection, and now we are seated with Him in heavenly places - and as part of the new creation in Christ we are imputed with His righteousness.
Christ died in our place. But the gospel does not end at the cross, for Christ rose from the dead, so that all who have faith in His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, will also rise from the dead, into newness of life.
Jesus was the first-fruit of all who will one day rise from the dead, into newness of life..
Having been saved by grace through faith in Christ's sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, we have been fully equipped, by the Holy Spirit, to walk in newness of life - and become men and women, with a heart for the Lord, and a desire to obey His Word.
And although the old sin nature still resides in our fallen bodies of flesh and blood (until our physical death) - we have the power of Christ's sinless life within to enable us to live in newness of life - in Christ, and to offer up our own lives as a living sacrifice to the Lord.
Christ was resurrected from the dead, 2000 years ago... and because you and I would one day also trust in the Lord Jesus as our Saviour - we ALSO were raised into newness of life at that time - just like all those, who down through the centuries would one day trust in Him as their Saviour.
They were the favoured ones who laid the foundation for the Church age, and like all who trust in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ are no longer under condemnation but have been raised into newness of life in Him.
We are all saved by grace through faith, and God’s Holy Spirit has individually and selectively conferred different and individually selected gifts and graces on all His children, so that we are enabled to live by grace and serve Him in newness of life, by grace.
One day all believers will be taken to be with the Lord Jesus whether of not they submitted to the Spirit in their lives – should we not harkens to the call of our Lord, Who died so that we might live in newness of life - submitted to His Spirit
n like manner those that meekly take up their cross, in the power of the Spirit and humble themselves under the mighty hand of God – will grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus – so that at the proper time God will raise us up in to newness of life, as we grow in grace in this world - and in the world to come, we will be raised up with Christ on His throne.
Through Christ we have been released from a contractual bondage to the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that in Christ we are set free to serve in newness of the Spirit and not bound to oldness of the letter.
Praise God that in Christ we have died to what held us in everlasting bondage, so that we may serve our Saviour forever, in newness of life - through the power of the indwelling Spirit.
We are all sinners and the wages of sin is death - but God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son to be substitute for man's sin, so that by faith in Him, we may be born again into newness of life, and transferred from the fallen race of sinful Adam, into a new creation of the eternal Christ.
One that He mentions, is of the man or woman dead in their trespasses and sins who comes to Christ for the forgiveness of sins - and by grace through faith in Him are raised into newness of life and receive the free gift of life everlasting.
We have passed from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son, for we have received the forgiveness of sins and newness of eternal life, in Christ Jesus, our God and our Saviour - and nothing can pluck us out of His hand, and no one can pluck us out of His Father's hands, for ever and ever, AMEN.
Let us live holy lives that are well- pleasing to the Lord so that all we say and do is helpful and edifying to the body of Christ – so that as we walk in newness of life, as we grow more like Jesus day by day.
He is the One Who died and rose again so that by faith in Him we might live in newness of life – and the duty and responsibility of ALL is to KNOW God and to KNOW Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son – to glorify Him for ever and to tell forth the glories of His holy name – to all.
Christ was put to death in the fleshly realm when He shed His blood on the cross for you and me, but He was quickened by the Holy Spirit and made alive in the spiritual realm - with body of flesh and bone. - so that we too might have newness of life in the spiritual realm - forever.
when by grace through faith we died to the old self and were raised into newness of life, in Christ.
Paul reminds us that we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, and whether this is singularly seen as figurative (in reference to being baptized into Christ's body at salvation), or also literal (through a believer's experience in water baptism), the precious truth remains the same - that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we might walk in newness of life.
Its implications are astounding, wonderful, glorious and overwhelming – for in some inexplicable way the Church, which is His Body is intimately and eternally united with Christ – for we died in Him and are risen together with Him into newness of life – in Him.
But it also means that we are to be raised to newness of life (the new born-again life in Christ) We are to keep the old 'ME' nailed to the cross and allow the new 'ME, (the new life in Christ), to abide in Him; rest in Him; be nourished by Him and depend upon Him in all things.
Our present condition is irredeemable – for a fallen creature can never change – but when He raised Christ from the dead, God exchanged our old life in Adam for our new life in Christ, for when HE died WE died and when Christ was risen we too were raised from our state of death into newness of life.
But we have not been raised to newness of life for no purpose - we are made God’s masterpiece in Christ Jesus in order that we may be able to perform the good acts and good works, which God prepared for us to do, before we were even born.
The greatest possible example of the love of God towards fallen man is that God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes on Him would not perish but be saved - so that through Him we might be raised into newness of life and live by grace through faith in Him.
it was not feeding the masses with tasty food or raising dead people back to life but feeding the soul with every word that proceeds from the mouth of God and helping to raise spiritually dead souls into newness of life..
Christ was the one and only uniquely begotten Son of the Father, and all that trust in the beloved Son of His love are begotten of God – born of God - born-again into newness of life – saved by grace through faith.
The significance of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection for the believer is unprecedented for as God’s purchased possession we too have died with Christ and rise into newness of life - and when He comes to claim the Church as His bride, we will all be changed into a body that is like unto His glorious body, for this is life eternal that you know God and Him Whom He has sent.
Those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment. Faith comes by hearing and those who HEAR the truth of the gospel of God, believe in their heart and trust in Christ, will rise into newness of His resurrected life.
But His life of humiliation and death preceded His glorious resurrection and exaltation, and we too must share in His suffering and die to self if we are to live in newness of life and become a lovely reflection of the beautiful Lord Jesus Christ.
Oh, the cross gave forgiveness of sins – but the resurrection broke the power of sin and death that reigns in the mortal body of fallen man – so that we too may rise to newness of life, in Christ - that I may know this mighty power of Christ’s resurrection.
And we who are saved by His blood, baptised into His death, and risen with Him into newness of the new life, are to be perfect as He is perfect.
True joy and genuine happiness is a gift of grace from our heavenly Father, for genuine joy and true happiness is a heavenly grace, we receive from the Spirit of God, when we walk in spirit and truth and live in newness of life.
Our 'dead' human spirit was made alive at our rebirth, returning us into sweet fellowship with our heavenly Father and at the same time our faith in Christ secured the salvation of our soul - and we were made a new creation in Christ and given His resurrected life.. (our new life in Christ) - so that instead of following the lust of the flesh we were enabled to walk in newness of life - with the indwelling Holy Spirit as our Comforter and Counsellor - our Guide and Teachers.
Just as Christ identified with us and became sin for us so we might be made the righteousness of God in Him - we too are to identify with Christ in His rejection, suffering, shame, loss and death, so that in Him we too may rise to newness of life – to a life of faith – a life lived in the power of the Spirit – a life lived in submission to the will of God – a life that says, Thy will not mine be done.
Christ not only died for our sins as our substitute but HE died unto sin as our representative and as His spiritual seed we died in Him and were raised-up into newness of life in Christ - for our new-born-again-life is hid with Christ in God.
As believers we are united with Christ and because the Lord Jesus broke the power of sin and death and hell when He rose from the dead – the strength of sin in our lives has also been broken and we have been raised-up, into newness of life, in Him.
We were raised up to newness of life and are complete in Him - we have put on the new man in Christ and are seated with Him in heavenly realms and yet we walk this earth and are charged to keep on being renewed in our minds, and to put off the old self with its evil practices.
How appropriate that he should quote that wonderful prophetic Psalm of David, who foresaw the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and foretold that the God of Israel would not leave their Messiah in a cold, damp tomb, to decay and disintegrate - but would raise Him up to newness of life, so that all who believe on Him, would not perish but have everlasting life.
As Christians, our identification with Christ's resurrection, is the absolute assurance that we, who have been saved by grace through faith in Him, will likewise be raised from the dead, into newness of life - for we are saved... spirit, soul and body, and we will have resurrection bodies, like unto His glorious Body.