New Life Bible Study Part 1
Welcome to your new life in Jesus!
When you are born again, a tremendous feeling of ecstasy and jubilation fills your heart and spiritually inoculates you against evil.
In the natural body, an immune system protects against certain viruses that otherwise could be fatal. In the spiritual realm, wicked viruses attack, but the inoculation of the Holy Spirit and the immunity that comes through the new birth protects you from evil.
In your daily confrontation with the world, fleshly desires, and the devil; Jesus empowers you to resist evil and embrace righteousness. As you gain spiritual insights, you will learn to live an overcoming, victorious life in Christ.
Like a growing child, each Christian must mature and develop into a person more like Jesus. In the days ahead, you will learn how to walk with Jesus, and this study will serve as a manual to help you become what Jesus desires.
You Have Become a New Creation.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – II Corinthians 5:17
- You are Born Again – of water and the Spirit. Jesus taught that in order for you to enter into the kingdom of heaven, you must be born again of water and the Spirit (John 3:3,5). The natural birth involves two components, water (the body comprised of 70 percent water) and spirit (the life energy). Likewise, the spiritual birth involves two components, water and spirit baptisms. Water baptism denotes baptism in the name of Jesus, and the spirit baptism denotes the Holy Spirit’s infilling.
- You became a New Creature by the Power of the Gospel.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” – Romans 1:16
The Bible defines the Gospel (good news) as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ:
“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” – I Corinthians 15:1-4
You have followed in the steps of Jesus (I Peter 2:21), and aligned your life with the gospel message. You died to self and selfish ambitions when you repented. You were buried when you were baptized in Jesus’ name. You rose again into a new life when you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues.
When You Repented, You Died to Sin
In harmony with Jesus’ death, you repented; that is, you died to your sinful life. The Bible speaks of your carnal instincts and base, sinful nature as “the old man” (Romans 6:6; Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:9), and in repentance, you assassinated the old man within you.
Repentance = To to turn away from your old ways by asking forgiveness for your wrongful past and committing to do your best to do right.
It indicates an “about face” in your life — you once marched toward the world, and repentance caused you to turn around and march toward Jesus. Living a repentant life now keeps the old man dead and allows you to grow and develop properly in Jesus Christ.
“In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent” – Acts 17:30, and “unless you repent, you too will all perish” – Luke 13:3
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23, but “God’s kindness leads you toward repentance” – Romans 2:4
Repentance becomes a daily exercise. The “old man” desires to return to life, and you must consistently destroy his appetites, desires, and carnal thoughts. Paul declared, “I die every day” – I Corinthians 15:31; and likewise, we must “have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires” – Galatians 5:24.
When You Were Baptized in Jesus’ Name
When you were baptized in Jesus name your sins were remitted. You aligned your life with the next aspect of the gospel, Jesus’ burial. When you were baptized in Jesus’ name, you buried that old man that had died. You “went down into the water” – Acts 8:38, and the water covered you as dirt covers the deceased. You “were therefore buried with him through baptism” -Romans 6:4.
By your baptism, you chose to align your life with Jesus’ death, and Jesus died in your place. Since death is the penalty for sin(Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23) and Jesus died to pay your penalty, when you were baptized in Jesus’ name, your sins were washed away and your punishment was satisfied (Acts 2:38; 22:16). Jesus was crucified for you, but you personally embraced that sacrificial death by being buried with Him and being baptized in Jesus’ name(I Corinthians 1:13).
Therefore you were baptized in Jesus’ name “for the remission of sins” – Acts 2:38, and “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” – Psalm 103:12
Just as the signature on a bank check makes it authentic, so does invoking the name Jesus in your baptism validate your salvation.
The Bible teaches that baptism is essential. Jesus admonished, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” -Mark 16:16. An unbeliever senses no need for baptism, but one who believes in Jesus understands that it is obedience to God’s word and “baptism that now saves you” -I Peter 3:21.
When you were baptized in Jesus’ name, God placed His Name upon you! Just as the bride takes the name of the groom in marriage, you received the name of Jesus upon you when you were baptized in Jesus’ name. You became God’s eternal companion, described scripturally as His bride(Isaiah 62:5; II Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7) – “for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” – Galatians 3:27.
When You Received the Holy Spirit and Spoke in Tongues
When you received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues you experienced spiritual energy and God’s new life You aligned your life with the next aspect of the Gospel, Jesus’ resurrection. When you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues, you took your first breath of heavenly oxygen and your spiritual life resurrected into new life.
“Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” – Romans 6:4.
“If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” – Romans 6:5-7
After Jesus had risen from the dead, He commanded His disciples, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about” – Acts 1:4. This promise was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4; 38-39) and the evidence of the Holy Spirit’s infilling manifested as the disciples began to speak in other tongues. The sign of other tongues remains the initial evidence that the Holy Spirit has come into the heart.(See Mark 16:16; John 3:8; Acts 2:1-4; 2:16; 8:14-17; 10:44-48; 19:1-6 James 3:8.)
The Holy Spirit Gives You Power to Overcome Sin
The Holy Spirit infilling gave you power! You have power to live an overcoming life, over the appetite and attraction of sin. No longer does sin have power over you, but through the power of His Spirit, you maintain power over sin(Romans 6:14; 5:17-21). The Holy Spirit will “strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being” – Ephesians 3:16 and enable you to do God’s will “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”
The Holy Spirit Gives You Power to Witness
The Holy Spirit infilling empowered you to be a witness! “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses” – Acts 1:8. With His holy presence within you, “you are the light of the world” – Matthew 5:14, and “you are the salt of the earth” – Matthew 5:13. In other words, you now exist in life as a positive agent of change; wherever you walk in this earth, you impact spiritual influence and Holy Spirit power. Jesus made you His witness, so “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” – Matthew 5:16.
Jesus desires for you to share with others what He means to you. After Jesus had delivered a man from demonic possession, the man wanted to become a follower of Jesus and travel with Him; however, “Jesus did not let him, but said, ‘Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” – Mark 5:19.
Your personal testimony stands as your most powerful witnessing tool. Tell others what Jesus has done for you and re-experience His Spiritual empowerment.
The Holy Spirit Is the Earnest of Your Inheritance
Heaven surpasses all that anyone could ever imagine – “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” – I Corinthians 2:9. However, since you “have tasted the heavenly gift” and “shared in the Holy Spirit” – Hebrews 6:4, Jesus has given you a sample of things to come. Until you gain your full inheritance in heaven, continue to enjoy “the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory” – Ephesians 1:13-14.
The power resident within you that comes from the Holy Spirit will eventually serve as the power to take you to heaven.
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you” – Romans 8:11.
Your New Hope
The Bible teaches that God will steal His church from the earth like a thief that breaks into a house at night and burglarizes precious possessions. Without warning, “in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye” – I Corinthians 15:52, God will snatch His bride out of this earth (Matthew 24:43; I Thessalonians 5:2), and He will deliver His church from the years of tribulation and devastation that the Bible predicts will come to pass in the last days.
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.” – I Thessalonians 4:16-18
Bible scholars call this event the rapture. For an in-depth study on this and other topics, please sign-up for a Home Bible Study.
This Bible concept should affect your daily living, especially when you realize that Jesus is coming for a bride, a people, “a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” – Ephesians 5:27.
You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.(II Peter 3:11,12,14)
Your New Life in Jesus
In Jesus, you have a brand new life. You have a new family, new brothers and sisters, new spiritual energy, a new heart, and the list goes on. As a result, you walk a new way, you talk a new way — you walk the walk and talk the talk.
You now walk in faith, not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7). You genuinely believe that God himself guides you in life (Psalm 37:23)and He is able to keep you from falling (Jude 1:24). As a result of your new guided life, nothing can happen to you that He does not ordain, and everything that comes your way is in your best interest for your good (Romans 8:28). Indeed, you live by faith (Hebrews 10:23).
In your walk of faith, you should learn to please God. The Bible asks, “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” – Amos 3:3; God refuses to walk with you if you continue in sin. Your feet should take you places where your new friend Jesus can go with you — never go without Him. You should make a conscious effort to include Him in your new life’s activities, wherever you go.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” – I Corinthians 15:33
With your new talk, your speech edifies or builds up others and lifts them. Words possess power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21; John 6:63), and since the Bible teaches not to kill, you should speak positive words. Those who speak evil of and downgrade others actually conduct the work of the devil who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Therefore, “you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips” – Colossians 3:8
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.(Ephesians 3:8)
Additionally, your new talk will help to keep you pure before God.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.(Luke 6:45)
As a function of your new talk, you should seek to be honest and upright in all your life’s business. Honesty and integrity witness to others what Jesus has done for you, and besides, “all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur” – Revelation 21:8
Live for Jesus everywhere, every day. Make living for Him your steady, constant lifestyle. Since you gave your life to Jesus, “you are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” – I Corinthians 6:19-20. Rather than compromising your new purity in life, “say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and . . . live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” – Titus 2:12.
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