Explore the Bible Lesson for Oct- 2- It-s All About New Life
September 15 2011 by Randy Mann, minister of education and evangelism, Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, Raleigh

Focal Passage: Romans 6:1-23

We have all seen, either on television or in person, criminals who are in shackles. They are bound, not free. Those shackles, by design, prevent escape and freedom. Further, until the prisoner meets the demands of his sentence, he will continue to be under such bondage. Now imagine the prisoner is set free, not because he met the demands of his sentence, but because someone came and fulfilled his sentence. At once, he is released and the shackles are unlocked from his wrists. What do you think this prisoner will do next?

Everything within us would expect the once-criminal, now free man, to drop the shackles immediately, living according to the new freedom he has been given. But what if that did not happen? What if the prisoner was seen walking down the street, with the shackles draped over his wrists? Oh, they are unlocked, just as they were the day of his release. However, he continues to walk around living in bondage, though he has been set free. This scenario sounds insane, right? No one would really live like that. He would drop the shackles and live in freedom. Or would he? Spiritually speaking, the Apostle Paul is admonishing the Roman believers to avoid such a scenario.

He reminds them that their baptism symbolized their identification with Christ’s death on their behalf (v. 3-4). He further reminds them that identification with Christ in His death also meant identification with Christ in His life. Therefore, in light of Christ dying their death and giving them His life, they are now to “walk in a new way of life” (v. 4). In other words, the fact of their freedom through Christ should result in the practice of them living a new life in Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We, like the Romans, were “enslaved to sin” (v. 6), under the “reign” of sin (v. 12), and bearing the fruit of sin leading to death (v. 21). But, because of our identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, through repentance and faith, we now have God’s gift of eternal life (v. 23) and should be bearing fruit accordingly (v. 22).

The life we have been given in Christ should be evident as we “walk in a new way of life.” This “new way” means no longer living for ourselves, under the bondage of sin, but living for Christ and His glory (2 Cor. 5:15). Are you living in bondage to sin — though its shackles are loosed from your life? Or, are you living a “new life,” by God’s grace and for His glory?  
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