If we grudgingly view Christ’s lordship in our lives as a threat to our freedom, we don’t understand the real freedom we’ve been given through Him. Jesus has come to make us new, literally! Through the new birth, we’ve been given a new nature and the cord to sin and death has been severed. Right standing with God should motivate us to right living. The best way to live life is as one who surrenders continually to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Discussion Questions

The Bible describes becoming a Christian as a new birth (John 3:5-6). Can you describe the benefits that are received by one who has believed in Jesus?

In Galatians 2:20, Paul describes the radical relationship of the believer to Jesus’ death and resurrection. What is Paul saying in this verse? In light of the context of Galatians 2, why does verse 21 make perfect sense?

The Christian life is often viewed as placing your faith in Jesus only to then work really hard to try to be good. What’s wrong with this approach?

Unless we consider that we’ve been given a new nature, we will fail at living for Christ. Read Romans 6:5-12. How has the believer died to sin? How then do you explain the fact that you sin?

How does 1 John 3:9 point to the reality of the Christians new nature? How do you reconcile this verse with the reality that Christians do sin?

How can the daily acknowledgement that you have a new nature help you live victoriously for Christ? As a believer, how do you remind yourself who you really are?

Further Reading

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We Love Others

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We Love Each Other

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We Love God

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