New Life

Now that we are into the month of June, signs of new life are all around us.  The grass is growing and the trees are full of leaves and there are flowers in bloom.  These are all things that remind us of the new life that comes after the deadness of winter.  In the life of every believer, there is a transformation that takes place in a person’s life when they trust Christ as their Savior and I’d like to share some of them with you in this month’s column.

Let’s start in Ephesians 2:1 where we read, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,”(NKJV).  As we trust Christ, He brings us from death to life, spiritually speaking.  Before Christ came into us, God considered us dead to Him because we lived in sin, walking according to the course of this world as it states in Ephesians 2:2.  Let’s look at another verse that outs this in a little different light.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” (NKJV)  God recreates us new in a spiritual sense, not remaking the old sin nature but creating something new within us.  Galatians 2:20 reminds us of another truth about anyone who has trusted Christ for their salvation: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (NKJV)  What I want us to see in this verse is that Christ now lives in us, as believers.   What a difference this makes in our lives!  It is Christ living in us, along with the indwelling Holy Spirit, that gives us the ability to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4) and as His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20).  We are given spiritual life so that we can represent Him while on earth and show Christ to others as we allow Him to shine out from within us.  That’s one of the reasons God gives us new life after we are saved.  We have been given the awesome responsibility to be a living testimony of Christ to those around us.  If you are reading this and are not saved, please take a moment to trust Christ as your Savior, believing that He died for your sins on the cross of Calvary.  If you are already saved, I would encourage you to live for Christ and be a good ambassador for Him.

If you have any questions about how to be saved, why not come and visit us on a Sunday morning, we’d love to see you!  If you are looking for a church that preaches the Word of God, why not come and check us out?  We would welcome the opportunity to get to know you and answer any questions you might have.

In His Saving Grace,

Pastor Wes Barteck