To confess is to proclaim to the world that the hope of a new life is freedom from the bondage of sin. Before we believed in Christ, our nature was evil. We disobeyed, we rebelled, and ignored God. Even at our best we did not love Him with all our hearts, soul, and mind.
The Christian in us, however, has a new nature. God has crucified the old, rebellious nature and replaced it with a new and loving nature. “We know that our old self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.” (Rom 6:6)
The penalty of sin that is in us has already been paid on the cross. God has declared us not guilty, and we no longer live under the power of sin. God does not take us out of the world or make us robots, and we will still feel like sinning and, sometimes we will sin. The difference is that before we were saved, we were slaves to our sinful nature, but now we are free to live for Christ because it is the nature of Christ is already in us: “Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.” (Gal 2:20)
What this new life means is that we as created beings can be in the world but not of the world. There is an ocean of difference between being in the world and not being affected by the world. The difference is precisely what God is offering us. Christ stands in between us and the world, and as our lives remain hidden in Christ, there is absolutely no one that can come between us and Christ.
The beauty of this new life we now have is that we have entered in a new relationship with God and is not a one-way thing. God who is so generous will not be the one to take away from us. Sure he demands our loyalty and faithfulness but He will reward us for our efforts.
(Ed Malay is the Servant Leader for Formation of Bukas Loob sa Diyos (Open in Spirit to God) Covenant. The BLD Detroit meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Paul of the Cross Parish, Troy, Michigan. For prayer requests, email Ed Malay at firstname.lastname@example.org)