December 27, 2010

Newness of Life – Ray Anderson

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:26 pm by sranderson0103

As we look forward to the new year, many of us think about how we might do things differently or stop doing some things that we have been doing. We make New Year’s resolutions with the best of intentions. As the new year wears on, we keep some and break the majority of them. However, there is one resolution we make that can come any time of the year. That resolution is to follow Jesus. We had better take that resolution seriously because it has eternal consequences. There is only one time that we will be able to start anew. “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 6:3-4) Those of us who have been baptized for the remission of our sins are indeed new creatures. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) It is through the word of God that we are made new again. “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1 Peter 1:22-23)

It was Jesus who said that we must be born again. “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” (John 3:1-7)

We have faith because we believe the word of God. (Romans 10:17) Our faith leads us to understand that Jesus Christ is the son of God. “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:1-5)

When we make our New Year’s resolutions, let us resolve to do those things that are in keeping with God’s will. On the night he was betrayed Christ prayed in the garden. “And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:39-42) We can do no better than to pattern ourselves after Christ as did Paul. (1 Corinthians 11:1) Let us pray that all we resolve to do in the new year will be in keeping with God’s will. In doing so we can overcome the world and be pleasing in the sight of God.——Amen.

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