Newness of Life…

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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.” Romans 6:1-4

Romans chapter six deals a death blow to antinomianism. {One of a sect who maintain, that, under the gospel dispensation, the law is of no use or obligation; or who hold doctrines which supersede the necessity of good works and a virtuous life. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary}

If a person continues in a life of sin after making a profession, he or she has no real reason to hope they are saved. The Christian’s life is a new life, a resurrected life! I believe our baptism is a likeness of our experience.

“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”{vs.11}

In speaking of the cross John Newton {author of Amazing Grace} wrote;

“In evil long I took delight
Unawed by shame or fear;
‘Til a new object met my sight,
And stopped my wild career.”

John Wesley, a leader in the First Great awakening said the following concerning 2 Corinthians 5:17;

“Only the power that makes a world can make a Christian. And when he is so created, the old things are passed away – Of their own accord, even as snow in spring.

Behold — the present, visible, undeniable change! All things are become new – He has new life, new senses, new faculties, new affections, new appetites, new ideas and conceptions. His whole tenor of action and conversation is new, and he lives, as it were, in a new world. God, men, the whole creation, heaven, earth, and all therein, appear in a new light, and stand related to him in a new manner, since he was created anew in Christ Jesus.

 Have you experienced the life changing power of His resurrection? Have you been made alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord?

-Bro. Shawn

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