Every born again believer in
Jesus Christ has a new standing before the Lord God. This eternal
position never changes. It does not depend upon changes, chances or our
Romans chapters three through seven tells us who we
are in Christ.
have a new standing with God. By God's grace we have complete acceptance with God
in Christ. We are at peace with God; God is at peace with us! "Therefore having been
justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom
also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we
exult in hope of the glory of God" (5:12). We have a new relationship in which
we are reconciled with God, and as a result is we experience His peace.
are members of a new family. The disobedience of Adam brought death. All men die in
Adam. However, we have a new head of the family who is Jesus Christ, and He gives eternal
life. "For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much
more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign
in life through the One, Jesus Christ" (5:17).
have a new identification in Christ. We have been baptized by the Holy Spirit into
the body of Christ. We have died to the old life, have been buried with Christ and have
been raised to new life in Him. We are now identified with Christ. We are as men who have
been raised from the dead. "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" (6:4).
also have a new master. We are no longer slaves to sin. We now have a choice; we do
not have to obey sin any longer. "For just as you presented your members as slaves to
impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your
members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification" (6:19). Our new
master leads us in God's righteousness. Sin has a payday and death is its wages, but
Christ gives us life every day v. 23).
have a new love. Our old husband died and we have married Christ. We now have an
intimate abiding love relationship with Jesus Christ. A new relationship demands my love,
my loyalty, and my obedience. We obey Him because we love Him. "Therefore, my
brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you
might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might
bear fruit for God" (7:4).
have a new motive of service. "But now we have been released from the Law,
having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and
not in oldness of the letter" (7:6). We have been set free from the bondage of the
Law and are now free to serve Christ. I am a free person, united with Christ, free to
serve Him (Galatians 2:20; 5:1; Romans 6:11-14; 7:4, 6).
How do you live the normal Christian life? Reckon upon these great
facts about you. You are a new person in Christ. Act upon these truths.
Put into daily practice what you know to be true.
Who are you in Christ? Have you claimed His grace and appropriated who you are in Him?
It is something we must do daily as we walk by faith in Christ.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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