New Life in Christ

            Having been born again by the power of the Holy Spirit as a fruit of Christ’s substitutionary work, the regenerated sinner is united to Christ in love. As a result, he now seeks to live to God’s glory and to live out of Christ and His fullness. Since the Christian has been given a ‘new’ heart (Ezekiel 36:26) his way of thinking, speaking and behaving drastically changes. The regenerated soul manifests itself in love for God, for His Word, for His people, above all, seeking God’s glory.  The true Christian is justified by faith in Christ’s finished work and accounted righteous (Romans 1:17), having been cleansed from his sin by the Saviour’s blood.  He then lives a life of sanctification, seeking God’s honour and praise in all his ways. Ephesians 2:10.  This growing in grace and holiness (1 Peter 5:10, 2 Peter 3:18) consists of receiving greater insight into the redemptive work of the Saviour and a deeper knowledge of one’s own sinfulness so that the redeemed sinner stands in awe of that great work of salvation the Lord Jesus has accomplished through His suffering, death, resurrection and ascension.  The Christian’s life then becomes a life of new obedience wherein the Lord continues to sustain His people in consecrating their life to Him. Philippians 2:12, 13.