LIVING YOUR NEW LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS

 WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL

AUGUST 25, 2020

TOPIC:  LIVING YOUR NEW LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS

BY T. O. BANSO

“Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God” (Romans 6:13 New Living Translation).

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, came to Jesus by night during which Jesus told him that he must be born again (John 3:3). He didn’t understand what Jesus meant and He had to explain it to him.

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:5-6 New King James Version).

To be born again means to be born anew. It means to receive a new life, which is the gift of God in Christ Jesus. The natural life is the old life; the new life comes when one is born anew, or a second time, which is the spiritual birth.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things are passed away; behold, they have become new. In other words, the old life ceases to exist; the new life begins.

It is important to understand some truths about God’s gift of new life in Christ Jesus. This helps the believer to live according to his new identity. Most of the scriptures for this message are taken from the New Living Translation.

10 Truths about the new life

1.You cannot receive a new life in Jesus Christ without being born again. You must receive Jesus Christ into your life.

As you have read earlier, Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again to see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). He says the same thing to everyone today. In verse 7, Jesus emphasized the need to be born again.

The apostle Peter in his letter built on the teaching of Jesus in this regard. “For you have been born again. Your new life did not come from your earthly parents because the life they gave you will end in death. But this new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God” (1 Peter 1:23 New Living Translation).

Only those who are born again or have surrendered their lives to Jesus, accepting Him as their Lord and Saviour, receive God’s gift of a new life.

2. God gives those who believe in Jesus Christ a new life through the Holy Spirit. In John 3:6, Jesus says humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven.

The apostle Paul, in his letter to Titus, says, “But then God our Savior showed us his kindness and love. He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4-5 New Living Translation).

The role of the Holy Spirit in the salvation of the sinner cannot be ignored. Without the Holy Spirit, no one will receive a new life in Christ Jesus. According to the Bible, no one is able to say, “Jesus is Lord ” except by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians  12:3b).

3. The law cannot give anyone a new life. The Bible says, “If the law could have given us new life, we could have been made right with God by obeying it. But the Scriptures have declared that we are all prisoners of sin, so the only way to receive God’s promise is to believe in Jesus Christ” (Galatians 3:21b-22 New Living Translation).

Jesus wouldn’t have come to die to save humanity if the law was adequate. No man can be made right with God by obeying the law. Those who come to Jesus are saved by grace through faith, and not of themselves; it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). Titus 3:5 says we are not saved by the works of righteousness, which we have done, but He saved us according to His mercy.

4. When you receive Jesus Christ into your life, the old life passes away and you receive a new life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” (New Living Translation).

As the New King James Version puts it, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

5. The believers’ new life is the new life of Jesus Christ which they share. It is a life of victory over sin and water baptism is a symbol of new life in Jesus.

The apostle Paul says, “Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised as he was. Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also share His new life” (Romans 6:5-8 New Living Translation).

In 1 Corinthians 15:22, Paul says, “Everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam, the first man. But all who are related to Christ, the other man, will be given new life” (New Living Translation).

Furthermore, Paul, in Colossians 2:12, points out the relationship between baptism and new life in Christ Jesus:  “For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead” (New Living Translation).

6. Living a new life in Jesus Christ requires that the followers of Christ fill their thoughts with heaven and not be dominated by thoughts of the things of this world.

The Bible says, “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory” (Colossians 3:1-4 New Living Translation).

The apostle John says that believers in Christ Jesus should not love the world or the things in the world. He says if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him (1 John 2:15).  Rather than being engrossed with the things of this world, those in frequent contact with the things of the world should, according to 1 Corinthians 7:31, make good use of them without becoming attached to them, because this world and all it contains will pass away.

7. Living a new life in Christ Jesus means that believers must not yield any part of their bodies to sin. Jesus died to save the world from sin. In Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7).

The Bible warns: “Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God” (Romans 6:13 New Living Translation).

Also, Colossians 3:5-10 points out the difference between the old life and the new life in Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:15  says Jesus died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live to please themselves; instead, they will live to please Christ, who died and was raised for them.

8. Living a new life in Christ Jesus is only possible with the help of and dependence on the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:16 says, “So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit” (New Living Translation). The same scripture in the New King James says, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

9. You must daily study and meditate in the Word of God for the renewing of your mind so that you will not be influenced by the world’s sinful values.

We are being bombarded daily by the world’s values through the news, music, literature, etc. The heart cannot be empty; it must be filled with something. It’s either the values of the world or the values of the kingdom of God. Don’t allow the world’s values to fill your heart; fill your heart with the Word of God. .

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2 New King James Version).

Don’t let the Word of God depart from your mouth; meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.  Then you will make your way prosperous and have good success (Joshua 1:8).

10. What matters in the new life is Jesus Christ, not race, tribe, status, or other things. No one is superior to the other and no one is inferior.

Paul the apostle puts it this way: “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us” (Colossians 3:11 New Living Translation).

Speaking on the relationship between the husband and the wife, the apostle Peter says the wife is the husband’s equal partner in God’s gift of new life and, therefore, should be treated well to avoid hindrance to prayer (1 Peter 3:7).

May you depend on the Holy Spirit as you live your new life in Christ Jesus. You won’t fail in Jesus’ name.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The LORD be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: I have been raised to new life with Christ, I shall live according to my new life in the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, I receive Your help to use my whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God. No part of my body shall become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sin in Jesus’ name.

(For over 300 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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