THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 9-3-06
LESSON TITLE: "WALKING WITH GOD:
WALKING IN A NEWNESS OF LIFE"
Jesus said, "You are the light of the world." Are we lights in this world for Jesus? Good morning and welcome to the Living Word program. We are excited to have you with us this morning for this time of offering to God. Together we will sing songs of praise and study from His Word to glorify His name. I hope each of us will do our part to make this time together both profitable for ourselves and acceptable in His sight. Now let's begin by approaching His almighty throne in prayer.
The song of redemption is something that should be on all of our lips. I hope you are ready to praise God in song, for we want to begin with our first hymn of the day. So, won't you join in with the brethren at this time as we sing together, "Angels Are Singing"
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In Isaiah 9:2 we read, "The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined." How interesting it is to find here that even under the Old Law, many were in darkness, but they were awakened by a great light and brought to the Lord.
This is the same terminology that is used throughout the New Testament. Under Christianity we have also been brought out of darkness into light, just as we read in 1 John 1:7. There it says, "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,...." You might ask the question, "but why must we walk in the light?" Well the same text answers this question, where in verse 5 it says, "...God is light and in Him is no darkness at all." Aren't we to be like God, thus we must be of the light, because God is light.
Here the light signifies the purity and goodness of God. In other words, we are righteous because He is righteous. On the other hand, the darkness refers to evil and sinful things, just as our text indicates. We can not be of God, and practice those things of the darkness, because there is not darkness in God! Likewise, if we are striving to be like God, there will be no darkness in us either.
One other point I wanted to bring out is found in a verse we earlier read the first part of, verse 7. The last part of that verse says, "...and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." So, if we are walking in the light as God is in the light we not only have fellowship with each other, but we also have forgiveness of sins. How wonderful it is to know that the blood of Christ continually cleanses us from our sins as long as we are striving to walk in the light.
So the question I must ask you is are you walking in the light? Now if you are then why not do the rest of what Jesus told you when He said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16. Others see God in us when they see His light shinning through us! Are you that city on a Hill or are you hiding your light? Won't you choose to be a greater light for God?
Today we are going to again study a topic from the series entitled, "Walking With God." Our specific lesson this morning will discuss, "Walking In A Newness Of Life?" So, please stay with us this morning and in a few minutes I will return with this study from God's Word. Now it's time to join in our second hymn of the day, the name of the song, "Softly and Tenderly."
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Speaker: Ray Sullins
We're glad you've stayed with us this morning and now we go back to our series in "Walking in God." Certainly we've looked at so many ideas together thus far and we look forward to many other ideas that certainly the scripture indicates and really shows us what a walk with God is all about.
Today we're going to look at the concept of Walking With God" and the idea of "A Newness of Life." So certainly we're going to be looking at some things that really pertain to the darkness and the light and such things that we as well will look at even more in detail at a later date.
But let's look now first of all beginning in Romans chapter 6 if you'll turn in your Bibles to that point and begin to understand more of what it is that Gods' Word says to us as Paul wrote to the Roman brethren. You might note that first of all, there in Isaiah, long, long ago in Isaiah, it was clear what sin was. In fact, in Isaiah chapter 59 and verse 2, we read that "Sin was a separator from God." Sin has always plagued man from the very beginning in the garden and even thereafter. Even those who were faithful people to God often sinned and would break the Law of God. Therefore, we find that there had to have been something necessary in order that sin could be taken away. Now we know under the Old Law it was the blood of bulls and goats. Under the Old Law of Moses there was things that could be done in order that sin would be pushed forward or moved to another time and be reconsidered by God once again. But yet, now we have a greater forgiveness under Jesus Christ. That forgiveness is found because of the love that He gives to you and I. Under the Law of Christ because of the certainty of the sin today, we as well know that we need that law even more so that we might be forgiven of those things that would keep us from being right with God. Because we read even Paul said in Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned." All have sinned. All have transgressed the Will of God. We also see the idea of, "All unrighteousness is sin,"
1 John 5:17. So all these ideas again indicate to us why there has to be a leaving of something that is bad or not good and put it behind us in order that we might turn to something that is new, again a new walk, a newness of life.
So that's where we go back now to the text I mentioned a moment ago in Romans chapter 6 and we begin to read together about that walk with God. In fact, what he's dealing with here is the moment that it begins there in verse 1 of chapter 6, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?" There is the root of the problem again, sin. Should we continue in it knowing there is grace? Well what does he say? The answer there in verse 2, "Certainly not. How shall we who die to sin live any longer therein?" You see that idea there again of a death to sin, a death to darkness in order that we might become what? Those of the light.
Now let's look at the terminology that he gives us for our text of this day. There in verse 3 he continues, "Do you not know as many of you as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." There it is, the moment, the moment as if a mother bears a new child, a conception. At baptism, what happens? We begin to walk in a new, a different way, putting away the old, dark and evil and wicked things in order that we have a newness of life, a righteous and holy and pure life in God. It's that moment at baptism. Why? Because here he says that in baptism, we are washing away the old and putting it behind us and we are raising ourselves as God would have us, in Jesus' name just as Christ did when He arose from the grave.
Go on in verse 5 there as it clarifies that for us. Verse 5 says, "For if we have been untied together in the likeness of His death," and he says also that, "certainly we should walk and be alike in the likeness of His (what?) resurrection." As sure as we die as He died and are put in the grave, we rise to a newness of life. As Jesus died, we die. As He arose, we raise, and really the meaning that is given here is that we raise for a new walk having done what? Died to the old, put away the sinful dark man.
But then also look at verse 6. "Knowing this..." What has happened now through baptism? "Knowing this that our old man was crucified with Him that the body of sin might be done away that we should no longer be (what?) slaves of sin. Rather (there in the next verse) free." We are now free from sin in the baptism of Jesus and the Father as well as the Holy Spirit. We have been freed from sin, the separator, and we have been reconciled to Him in order that we walk in a new, not the old life, not an old path or old ways or old sins or things that are contrary to God, but that we walk in a new life. Boy that is an encouragement, a great encouragement to you and I as those who love God because here we read that we have an opportunity to get sin out of our lives, to get that which again keeps us from being right with God to get it away and put it away and get it out of our lives in order that we might be one with God, in order that we might have that fellowship with God where He is and in the things that He has commanded to us.
I want you also to notice another text that I think really brings home our lesson this morning. There if you'll turn in 2 Corinthians, we find in the book of 2 Corinthians there the same author, Paul, as he deals with the church at Corinth in trying to help them understand this new walk, this newness of life, walking in a newness of life. What does it entail? What does it involve? What is really the concept? What's it putting forth to us? Well, I think here he does a good job there helping us to even further evaluate our discussion of the morning. If you'll begin with me there again in 2 Corinthians 5, we want to look together starting at verse 17. The Bible says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation." There we have it again. He says, "Walking in a newness, a new life." Anyone who has put on Christ has done what? He has become a new creation. How do they become one? What's the moment? Baptism mentioned there in Romans again. Isn't that what it says also in Galatians 3 verses 26 and 27 we're "sons of God," but then verse 27 says, "We have put on Christ in (what?) baptism." So here again we have it in verse 17, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature." What does that mean? The same verse, "Old things have passed away and behold all things have become new." There we have it. You see, old and a new. He goes on to say, "Now all things are of God who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation." That is that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself not imputing their trespasses or sins to them and has committed the word of reconciliation. That we might be what? The next verse, "that we might be ambassadors for Christ though God were pleading through us we implore you on Christ's behalf that we be reconciled to God." Now how did God do all this? How did God bring us to a point where we can be baptized, that we can do the things that God has asked us to walk in the newness of life? Verse 21, "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God." There it is again. The newness of life. Walking in the newness of life. The righteousness of God. The children of God. Those who we read here have been reconciled as new creations before God. And He did it again through the blood shed on the cross. That's what we read back up at verse 14 as well that by one death, Jesus' death, the death that He died for all, we have the love of Christ completed, that we might be His children, those who walk according again to His precious life.
A final text we'll look at this morning is found over in the book of Ephesians. There we have a few ideas that are presented. We want to look primarily in chapter 4 of Ephesians because in verse 17 we have the same discussion taking place, the same encouragement that helps us to know what it means to become one in Christ. We want to focus primarily there in verse 21 continuing. "If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him as Truth is in Jesus, then you have..." What? Read verse 22 with me. "You have put off concerning the former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to deceitful lusts and you have been renewed in the spirit of your mind." What does it mean when you've been renewed in the spirit of your mind? Read verse 24. "Therefore you have (what?) put on the new man which was created according to God in true righteousness and holiness." You see what we're talking about in this walk with God, this walk in newness of life is a complete change, a metamorphosis as if one moment you are something and the next moment you are totally something else through the blood of Christ. You have become righteous and pure. You are striving now to be godlike because you have put away all that old. You have died to the old man and you've put it away from yourselves that you might be what? It says here again, a new man, a new creature, a new creation, an individual who is fully committed to serving God. No longer as we read there in verse 17, "Walking as the Gentiles," or as those who were in sin. Why? We've died to the old man (Romans chapter 6) and we've put him away and therefore we are free from sin.
That's why there in the next text in chapter 6 of Ephesians he goes on to talk about walking in love. We've already talked about that. We talk there about walking in light. We're going to discuss that. We talk about walking in wisdom. We're going to discuss that more. Walking in a newness of life means walking as God would have us to walk. How encouraging it is to know that you and I as children of God can understand the Will of God, the Truth as we read here, that God would have us to know and then we can obey it so that we might walk with God. More specifically this morning, as we read there in Romans chapter 6 and more specifically even than that, verse 4, that we might walk in a newness of life. But understand that that walk may begin there at baptism after we have made the great confession with our mouth and after we have repented and been baptized, that walking in newness of life and dying to the old man and putting on the new may begin at that moment, but it is a continuous, daily process where we are continuing to try to walk in God, walking in the new life, putting away daily the old man and keeping him away and walking evermore in those great and wondrous characteristics that we're discussing every week such as in love and light and wonder and the beauty and the majesty of our God in heaven. You know what's even greater? If you do it, if you walk in the new life, not only in the beginning, but throughout life in faithfulness until death. If you do it, God has promised you a mansion in heaven, an eternal paradise that will always be yours with Him forever if you remain faithful until death. Will you live that life? Will you commit yourself to God? And will you make sure that you are a new creature in Him through all that He has commanded you this day?
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