A New Life

2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (Common English Bible)–16)So then, from this point on we won’t recognize people by human standards. Even though we used to know Christ by human standards, that isn’t how we know Him now. 17) So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, new things have arrived.

Colossians 3:9-10(New Living Translation)—9) Do not lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. 10) In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you.

The first thing we do to begin a new life is privately accept Jesus into our heart as Lord of our life. This is when we say our sincere salvation prayer, which confesses how we believe Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and we shall be saved. Nothing can take our salvation away from us. This is when we receive the Holy Spirit and become a child of God.

After we are saved (born-again spiritually), it is important to find a Christian church that preaches and teaches from God’s Word. The Pastor will teach about baptism, which symbolizes a spiritual rebirth. Baptism is not forced on us—it is solely our choice if we want to be baptized or not. It is a very important decision. Jesus was baptized.

Baptism is sharing our testimony with others to show we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It is confessing our love for Him. When someone is baptized by immersion (dunked in water), it symbolizes our dying with Christ; and when we rise out from the water we are spiritually born again with Christ. We have a new life.

A new life brings changes. Other people should start seeing changes in our lives. Our desires will become His desires. There will be less world-like actions from us, and more of Him. Our world-like ways were put to death, such as: sexual sin, impurity, shameful desires, greed, and idolatry—anything that takes our mind off God. We used to act upon our fleshly desires, now we have a spiritual hunger. It is time to get rid of things like: anger, rage, jealousy, malicious behavior, slander, gossip, dirty language, drunkenness and drug use because God chose us to be holy.
(Read Galatians 5:16-6:2).

Instead, we are to put on the characteristics of Christ: tender-hearted mercy, joy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, self-discipline, and brotherly love. The most important spiritual fruit of all is love.

We are a work in progress. The Holy Spirit will work on us from the inside out, and help us mature spiritually. No one is perfect, but we strive to be as close as we can with His help. (Philippians 1:6 [Common English Bible]– I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus).

We are babies in Christ at first. It is our choice on how long it takes to mature. Either we follow the Lord and His ways and obey God’s commandments and stay in the Word, or we don’t. If we don’t follow the righteous path then the process to Christian maturity will be a lot slower.

1 Peter 1:3(New Living Translation)—All honor to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for it is by His boundless mercy that God has given us the privilege of being born again…(Read the whole chapter of 1 Peter 1).

Read John 3:1-21—In this scripture you will read what Jesus says about being born-again (spiritually) and being baptized.

Read Mark 1-20—This is about John the Baptist and when he baptized Jesus.

Also, in Matthew 3:1-4:25 speaks of John the Baptist and Jesus’ baptism. Plus, the temptation that Jesus went through in the wilderness.

John 1:19-34 also speaks of John the Baptist and baptizing Jesus.—John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin.

Read Romans 7:7-Romans 8:39—These scriptures deal with the Christian struggle that we deal with our flesh and spirit, our life in the Spirit, and the future glory of accepting Christ in our lives.

Philippians 1:9-11 (Common English Bible)–This is my prayer: that your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight. I pray this so that you will be able to decide what really matters and so you will be sincere and blameless on the day of Christ. I pray that you will then be filled with the fruit of righteousness, which comes from Jesus Christ, in order to give glory and praise to God.

I hope you enjoy this study as much as I did. God bless you.

Do You Have Faith Like Abraham?

Romans 5:13-25 (Common English Bible)—13) The promise to Abraham and to his descendants, that he would inherit the world, didn’t come through the Law but through the righteousness that comes from faith. 14) If they inherit because of the Law, then faith has no effect and the promise has been canceled. 15) The Law brings about wrath. But when there isn’t any law, there isn’t any violation of the law. 16) That’s why the inheritance, comes through faith, so that it will be on the basis of God’s grace. In that way, the promise is secure for all of Abraham’s descendants, not just for those who are related by Law but also for those who are related by the faith of Abraham, who is the father of all of us. 17) As it is written: “I have appointed you to be the father of many nations.” (Gen. 17:5) So Abraham is our father in the eyes of God in whom he had faith, the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that don’t exist into existence. 18) When it was beyond hope, he had faith in the hope that he would become the father of many nations, in keeping with the promise God spoke to him: “That’s how many descendants you will have.” (Gen 15:5) 19) Without losing faith, Abraham, who was nearly 100 years old, took into account his own body, which was as good as dead, and Sarah’s womb, which was dead. 20) He didn’t hesitate with a lack of faith in God’s promise, but he grew strong in faith and gave glory to God. 21) He was fully convinced that God was able to do what He promised. 22) Therefore, it was credited to him as righteousness.

23) But the scripture that says it was credited to him wasn’t written only for Abraham’s sake. 24) It was written for our sake, because it is going to be credited to us too. It will be credited to those of us who have faith in the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25) He was handed over because of our mistakes, and He was raised to meet the requirements of righteousness for us.

If you read Romans 3:1 through Romans 7:6, you will get the gist of God’s faithfulness and justice (3:1-8); how we are all under the power of sin (3:9-20); God’s righteousness through faithfulness of Christ (3:21-31); Abraham’s faith credited as righteousness (4:1-12); Abraham’s promise received through faith 4:13-25); having peace with God (5:1-11); how grace rules (5:12-21); our new life in Christ (6:1-14); freedom from sin (6:15-23); and freedom from the Law (7:1-6).

Faith is the unquestioned acceptance of the truths of God as Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. Faith is manifest in our reliance on Him in our loyalty to His Word and way, and our absolute trust in Him. Faith is the ONLY part or action we have in God’s eternal plan for us as part of His Creation. It is by faith alone that we become His people.

I have gathered together some verses on FAITH. Please look them up in your own Bible. If you do not have the Common English Bible version then your Bibles will read a little differently, but the meaning will be the same. This is just a taste of what studying the word FAITH is like. There are a lot more verses on faith. Have fun and search for yourself if you are interested in seeking out more verses on FAITH.

Hebrews 11:1-2 (Common English Bible) —1) Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see. 2) The elders in the past were approved because they showed faith.

Read Hebrews 11:3-31: This chapter talks about specific acts of faith by God’s people.

Romans 10:16-17(Common English Bible)—16) But everyone hasn’t obeyed the good news. As Isaiah says (in Isaiah 53:1), “Lord, who has had faith in our message?” 17) So, faith comes from listening, but it’s listening by means of Christ’s message.

Romans 12:3 (Common English Bible)—Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. Instead, be reasonable since God has measured out a portion of faith to each one of you.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (Common English Bible)—We live by faith and not by sight.

Galatians 2:20 (Common English Bible)—I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 3:14 (Common English Bible)—He redeemed us so that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, and that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Galatians 3:26-29 (Common English Bible)—26) You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. 27) All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28) There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29) Now if you belong to Christ, then indeed you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.

Ephesians 2:8(Common English Bible)—You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed.

Ephesians 3:17-19 (Common English Bible)—17) I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, 18) I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. 19) I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled with the fullness of God.

Ephesians 4:5-6 (Common English Bible)—5) There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6) and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all.

1 Timothy 5:8 (Common English Bible)—But if someone doesn’t provide for their family, and especially for a member of their household, they have denied the faith. They are worse than those who have no faith.

1 Peter 1:3-5 (Common English Bible)—3) May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of His vast mercy, He has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 4) You have a pure and enduring inheritance that cannot perish—an inheritance that is presently kept safe in heaven for you. 5) Through His faithfulness, you are guided by God’s power so that you can receive the salvation He is ready to reveal in the last time.