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Devotional - week of September 28, 2014


The following devotional was originally published by David Kuykendall on February 1, 2004. 

WALKING IN NEWNESS OF LIFE

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.  Romans 6:4

The verse declares three truths: believers have been buried with Jesus through baptism (by the Holy Spirit) into death; Jesus has been raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, and believers also should walk in newness of life.

The words “just as … also” imply two other truths: Jesus walks in newness of life and believers have been raised from the dead—which is clearly declared in verse five.

Our attention here is on the “newness of life” of believers.

The word “should” in verse four has also been translated “might” and “may.” One could say, “Because we might or may walk in newness of life, we should walk in newness of life.

This passage means that believers may or should walk in newness of life because they have been spiritually crucified, buried, and resurrected.

Two, among many, exciting features of the believer’s newness of life are the filling of the Holy Spirit through crucifixion and burial—and enthronement with Jesus through resurrection.

In understanding the believer’s new life in Christ, attention must be given to verse six that reads:

… knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

The word “knowing” ties to the word “walk.” A legitimate translation of “knowing” in this context is “by knowing.” That is, we may walk in newness of live by knowing that our old man has been crucified with Christ. The word translated “knowing” often has the idea of knowing by experience.

Through experiencing crucifixion, we may experience resurrection. Believers who experience “newness of life” experience crucifixion before they experience resurrection—just as Jesus did.