Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Newness of Life


Romans 6:5: “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.”

 

How is it possible for Christ to communicate his resurrection life to me? How do I receive this new life? Paul gives a very good illustration with these words: “PLANTED TOGETHER.” These two words carry with them in the Greek the sense of “being grafted,” and it gives us a very beautiful picture of the life of Christ which is imparted to us through resurrection.


A Chinese woman burned her arm badly and was taken to the hospital. In order to prevent serious scarring, it was found necessary to graft some new skin over the burned area. But the doctor attempted in vain to graft a piece of the woman’s own skin onto the arm. Due to her age and ill-nourishment, the skin graft was too poor and wouldn’t take. Then an American nurse offered a piece of skin and the operation was carried out successfully. The new skin knit with the old and the woman left the hospital with her arm perfectly healed; but there remained a patch of white American skin on her yellow arm to tell the tale of the past. If an earthly surgeon can take a piece of skin from one human body and graft it on another, can not a sovereign surgeon implant the life of His Son into me?

I don’t know how it is done. “The wind bloweth where it will, and thou hearest the voice thereof, but knowest not whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 We cannot tell how God has done His work in us, but it is done. We can do nothing and need to do nothing to bring it about, for by the resurrection God has already done it. There is only one fruitful life in the world and that has been grafted into millions of other lives. God has cut off the old creation by the cross of His Son in order to bring in a new creation in Christ by resurrection. My glorying is in the fact it has been done—that through the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, that old world has “been crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Galatians 6:14 



- Pastor Regan Myers