By Beverly Wages
“That like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)
When the apostle Paul was saved, he surely had a new life. He even had a new name. Christ hasn’t given each of us a new name, but He has given us a newness of life. But we might have some troubles that Paul had at first. In Romans 7:19, we find Paul saying that the good that he wanted to do, he would find himself not doing it, but then the evil that he didn’t want to do he would find himself doing it. It was probably surprising to find this. Maybe he thought that he would just do everything perfect now that he was saved. Have you felt that way? After you were saved, did it surprise you to see that you still were weak and sinful? This is true in each of our lives, but we can live better for the Lord, if we understand why this is true.
Before we are saved, we just have our old self or nature to deal with, but after we are saved, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts, and then we have a new nature. But remember, as long as we are living in the same bodies, we still have that old self to deal with. So there will seem to be a battle, our old nature wanting us to go right on living for our self and the devil, while our new nature will want us to serve our Lord. Once Paul said,
“Oh, wretched man that I am. Who can deliver me from this body of death?”
Then he said,
“I thank God, through the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Yes, our deliverance comes from the Lord Jesus Christ.
This brings us now to our verse in Romans 6:4. We are to realize that we have been dead with Christ, when we accept His death as for our sins. Then we are instructed that as He was raised up from the dead, we should let our lives be raised from the deadness of sin, or from the old nature, and let the new nature take control and walk as a new person in the Lord Jesus,