Well, I am half way through week one of my new bible study, Living So That by Wendy Blight. I love that this is a scripture based study and the true depth is up to me. Sure, I could just read the book, read the scriptures, and move on, but how much would I really be getting out of that. This is one of those studies in which journaling and blogging seem to go hand and hand and offer me the most depth. That being said, let’s dive into part 3 of chapter one…New Life!
This was such an interesting section because I’ve never really stopped to think, much less study, what “new life” means to me as a Christian who believes and follows Jesus. And this section offered a lot of scripture to help me dive into the meaning and bring a lot of new perspective.
Galatians 2:19-21 offers me an amazing verse to help me understand what it means to have new life in Jesus.
19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
And I’m immediately drawn to Ephesians 2:8-10 when I read verse 21.
8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (bold added)
We have been giving new life because God has been so gracious to give us unending grace! And part of me has died, but obviously, not the physical part. Just the old non-spiritual part. What’s been reborn is the new spiritual me that’s allowed God to live deep within my soul. Yes, God lives inside of me, and I pray you too!
Remember, the law of sin and death is what rules us until we are reborn in Christ. Once that happens, we are free from the law of sin and death and the law of the Spirit finds it way into our hearts and fights battles for us! It keeps us from doing what we want and convicts us when we mess up. And God’s grace pours over us at a faster rate than sin that tries to creep it’s way into our lives. How amazing, right? We need to feed the Spirit. Let’s look at how to do so.
Romans 12:9-21 Love in Action. It’s the last scripture we’ll look at, and let’s simply do a comparison of what the flesh can easily do, but what the Spirit convicts us of and thus we should do instead.
- Instead of holding onto evil, cling to what is good
- Don’t lack zeal, always grasp spiritual fervor
- Rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who are mourning
- Live in harmony and don’t be proud
- Don’t be conceited and never turn away from those in lower positions than yourself
- Never repay evil, but always do what is right
- Never take revenge, for it is God’s wrath which will avenge
- Feed your enemy and give them something to drink when thirsty
- Do not be overcome by evil, but rather overcome evil with good
My prayer is that everyone who comes across this will be led by the Spirit and freed from the law of sin and death. And that is why Jesus came to earth…so that this freedom could be mine (and yours!)
I’ll be back later this week to talk about my thoughts on part 4, Holy Living.