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

Avoiding Willful Defiance

Even Christians can behave badly. And the Bible acknowledges that a believer can walk away from Jesus all together. To treat God with this kind of contempt is a terrible act of defiance. In the fourth of five warnings in the book of Hebrews, the author tells us about...

The Danger of Falling Away

Salvation is guaranteed the moment one believes Jesus for it. But becoming a Christian never guarantees that we’ll live like one. Spiritual maturity is not automatic. It requires diligent engagement with Jesus if we hope to change and grow. In the third of five...

Beware of Your Unbelief

Even Christians can be people of unbelief. Given tempting circumstances, we might cave under pressure and cease to follow God wholeheartedly. This certainly was the case with the children of Israel who took a major detour of unbelief while on their journey to the land...

Pay Careful Attention

Like other people, there’s a chance you have entertained thoughts about returning to an easier, more comfortable way of life—one that pushes God aside. When the pressure is on, even Christians can become disillusioned with following Jesus. The book of Hebrews is...

Raised Forever

Easter is the celebration of all celebrations! Jesus Christ has conquered sin and death and is raised to life. The resurrection of Jesus is not some legend that has been passed down through the ages meant to give us an excuse for another holiday. In Easter we see the...