Day 12

Our New Life in Christ

from the Romans reading plan


Romans 6:1-14, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, Colossians 3:1-11


After a grocery store run with my children—not forgetting a thing, item or child—I felt proud of myself when we pulled back onto our driveway.  

As we were getting out of my truck, I heard my daughter stomp on the concrete. Then more stomping. Then stomping with a dash of panic. She ran away, spooked and screaming, “Kill it, Papa! Kill it!” I gently put the eggs down, and ran over to see a mutant, Hot-Wheel-sized, furry, wingless wasp-looking thing. I stomped. It moved. I stomped two more times. The beast ran. Three more stomps. It darted and tried to lose me in the grass, but after a barrage of stomps and some heel-digs, it was all over. I killed what my friends on Facebook identified as a “velvet ant.”  

Velvet ants are infamous for their bites and their toughness. Sin is, too, isn’t it? But Jesus is stronger. The temptations we face are real, no doubt. But our death to sin and new life in Christ are even more real because that life will last for 10 billion years—and more—to come.

We all have various sins that easily trap us (Hebrews 12:1). But Jesus introduces us to new life, new power, and a new way with Him on the throne. Sin’s grasp on us was formidable, but when Jesus died on the cross He crushed the velvet ant-ness of our sin. Christ conquered and killed what every other power could not. He rose from the dead, bringing us along with Him toward a life of grace, forgiveness, and freedom from sin (Galatians 5:1).

Our freedom from sin’s chains is as real as Christ’s cross and His empty tomb. A no-longer-dead Jesus means a no-longer-doomed-to-sin you and me. Let’s not throw our hands up in despair, overhyping sin’s power and disbelieving Christ’s declaration of victory over it. Let’s receive it. Let’s accept the freedom Christ gives to those who believe.

Don’t buy the propaganda that sin has power over you. Look past it. Look back to a blood-stained hill outside of Jerusalem. See, by faith, a stack of used grave clothes from your risen Friend. Look beyond what tempts you. Look to the One who saves you.

If you are in Christ, an obituary for your life in sin has been already published, and good news is printed on top: “Dead to sin. Alive in Christ.”

Written by J. A. Medders

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5 thoughts on "Our New Life in Christ"

  1. Chris Greenwood says:

    Our freedom from sin’s chains is as real as Christ’s cross and His empty tomb. A no-longer-dead Jesus means a no-longer-doomed-to-sin you and me. Let’s not throw our hands up in despair, overhyping sin’s power and disbelieving Christ’s declaration of victory over it. Let’s receive it. Let’s accept the freedom Christ gives to those who believe. -J.A. Meddlers

    6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. – Rom. 6

    11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. -Rom. 6

    14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. -Rom. 6

    21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. -2 Cor. 5

    9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. -Col. 3

    Oh, christian, can there be any better news than these truths? What was bound has now been set free. Hopelessness has been overtaken by a living hope. Sin does not win. Transformation is real. Grace is greater. No longer a slave but a son. Thanks be to God. Amen.

  2. Adam says:

    Help me to see that there is no power of sin over me. You have conquered sin and given me freedom when you rose from the grave. Let my life be represented like baptism. I was once a sinner but now I have left those sins behind and am forgiven!

  3. DES says:

    Andy Reese described this to me once as thinking of Christ as paying your monthly note. We understand and accept that we were forgiven when we started this Christian walk, but we don’t always accept and understand that we are living in forgiveness. And it doesn’t make sense that living in forgiveness compels us to avoid sin. But it does. Realizing the freedom God offers and tasting the goodness of the life he calls us to makes sin so unappealing. I don’t want anything to do with it. I find the things I formerly did for pleasure absurd. I’ve tasted real joy and seen how life is meant to work. Thank you Lord for freedom and liberty and forgiveness. Thank you for calling me to more and providing the way to it. Thank you for wanting what is best for me. And thank you for the days I stop seeking myself and realize seeking you is so much better.

  4. Kyle says:

    The power of the resurrection seems to have been a theme in my studies this week.
    I think growing up, and spending my whole life in the church, I’ve kind of let it get watered down. “Yeah Jesus died and came back three days later. Cool.” But this week it’s really setting in just how crazy that is. And that through Christ we are given that same resurrection power to overcome any obstacles that come our way.

  5. Michael Lansdowne says:

    The comfort of knowing that even though i’m not perfect and make mistakes that there is still a God who loves me. Everyday I strive to be the best father, husband, and man that I can be but more times than not I fall short. But God still loves me and continues to mold and shape me to be a better man.

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