(Romans 6:4) “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
I can be alive but not move beyond the spot I’m sitting right now. I can live and sit on the couch all day doing nothing but watching television, playing video games and eating potato chips. Life can be defined as physiological existence. But when life is defined as a “walk,” we are talking about something completely different than just being.
A walk reveals there is motion. A walk demonstrates movement in some direction. A walk means where I am right now is not the place where I will be in the future. This “newness of life” defines the walk. It is resurrection life. It is Christ’s resurrection. In Christ, you and I are so closely identified with Him – His death is the crucifixion of our old self. His resurrection life now becomes our life. We do not merely exist in this Christian life. There is motion – we are moving in a direction. When we allow His life to define our life, we are in a moment by moment experience of being conformed to Him in our mind, will and emotions. This is life completely different from our life before Christ. It really is new life.
Renewed Thought – “To be joined in life with the Risen Christ, and thus daily, hourly, to walk, is a wonder not conceived by many of us. But it is the blessed portion of all true Christians.” – William Newell