Newness in Christ
The world considers a lottery win, or a good doctor’s report, or getting engaged to someone who loves you good news. But so often the “good news” of the world does not last. The good news of Jesus’ resurrection lasts for eternity!
Jesus Told His Disciples to Preach His Resurrection
Luke 24:45-49 – The apostles were to be witnesses for Jesus Christ
The Disciples Taught that Christ Was Raised from the Dead
Acts 2:22-24, 32-33
Paul Taught that the Resurrection Brings New Life
Romans 4:23-25 – The resurrection of Jesus Christ is essential for God’s saving work to be complete.
Romans 5:1-11 (cf. Hebrews 7:25)
“helpless” “ungodly” “sinners” “facing God’s wrath” “enemies” These words all refer to our dreadful condition without Christ.
“exulting” When we put our faith in what God has accomplished in Christ, we can rejoice knowing that we are safe in him. Hebrews teaches that Jesus is our high priest, always interceding for us.
Romans 5:12-21 (vs. 17-18) – These verses draw a strong contrast between what we experience as a result of Adam’s sin, and what Christ has given us. Adam’s action brought death; Jesus gives life
Romans 6:1-11 – Now it comes to us as individuals. Will I submit myself to Christ and allow his victory over death to govern how I live each day?
Galatians 5:22-33 – If we let the gospel about Christ to influence our marriages, we can experience the oneness that God intends.
Philippians 2:1-16 – If we let the good news of Jesus Christ control our relationships with fellow believers, we will experience unity. These verses in Philippians repeat the basic facts of the gospel:
Christ Jesus came from God and lived as a man on the earth
He died on a cross and was buried
He was resurrected to life, and he ascended to God
Do we see these facts as GOOD NEWS?
—Robert Lee, 4-8-07, a.m.