Musings, Theology

Raised to newness of life

As I was teaching today, I was try to teach on the present benefits of the resurrection, having asked myself, “Why don’t you think about the resurrection–every day?”

As the lesson unfolded (the handout is attached below), it turned into a discussion, and I would hope, a celebration the doctrine of salvation.

One very familiar passage jumped out at me.

Romans 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (ESV)

The power which brought Jesus back from the dead, is the power and purpose that drive our walk.

“Walk in newness of life.” The resurrection should compel me to walk in a an entirely new way (Newman and Nida, A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Romans, UBS handbook series; p. 114).

But this is not an issue of effort, though it is not without effort. The ability to walk in a new way, newness of life, is tied to the power of the resurrection. Union with Christ (the wonderful theme of Romans 6) and the purpose and power of the resurrection are what enable us to walk.

And since the clause is a purpose clause (“in order that”) we can state one key reason we are united with Christ in His resurrection is so that we walk in the new life He has provided (not just my assurance of life 1 Corinthians 15).

May we walk in an entirely new way. May we walk in newness of life–radically different, but relationally compelling.


The Practical Benefits of the Resurrection

(Let me also encourage you to check the comments on the April 7 post–hopefully soon this will lead to a fuller discussion of theodicy.)

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

2 Comments on “Raised to newness of life

  1. Steve,
    I am afraid that SOOOO many of us do not “live” as if we are alive in Christ. I need to gain a better understanding of the power of His resurrection so that I will live more victoriously because of it!

    Great post!

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