Choose Life 2

Deuteronomy 30:19: I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

People don*t mind being saved from Hell but they would rather not be saved from the lives they choose to live. They don*t want to be saved from sin, they just want to be saved from the penalty of sin. God calls the lives that men choose death. When men receive Jesus, they pass from death unto life, and they receive newness of life, a more abundant life and eternal life.

John 5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

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.

John 10:10b: . . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Sadly, many believe they can have a Jesus that does not provide a new and more abundant life here and now but will give them eternal life later. They believe that they can continue in a sinful life and only have a changed life after their physical death.

1 John 5:11: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, (past tense) and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; (present tense) and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Sadly, the flesh of many who have received Jesus fights against the new life that is in them. It is hard for anyone to know that kind of Christian has a new life. It is even hard for them to know they have it themselves. We must first choose life by receiving Jesus and then we must choose every day and every moment to live the life He wants us to live.

Luke 9:23: And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Colossians 2:6: As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.

If we have received Christ Himself in our inmost hearts, our new life will manifest its intimate acquaintance with Him by a walk of faith in Him. Walking implies action. Our religion is not to be confined to our closet; we must carry out into practical effect that which we believe. If a man walks in Christ, then he so acts as Christ would act; for Christ being in him, his hope, his love, his joy, his life, he is the reflex of the image of Jesus; and men say of that man, *He is like his Master; he lives like Jesus Christ.* Walking signifies progress. *So walk ye in Him*; proceed from grace to grace, run forward until you reach the uttermost degree of knowledge that a man can attain concerning our Beloved. Walking implies continuance. There must be a perpetual abiding in Christ. How many Christians think that in the morning and evening they ought to come into the company of Jesus, and may then give their hearts to the world all the day: but this is poor living; we should always be with Him, treading in His steps and doing His will. Walking also implies habit. When we speak of a man*s walk and conversation, we mean his habits, the constant tenour of his life. Now, if we sometimes enjoy Christ, and then forget Him; sometimes call Him ours, and anon lose our hold, that is not a habit; we do not walk in Him. We must keep to Him, cling to Him, never let Him go, but live and have our being in Him. *As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him*; persevere in the same way in which ye have begun, and, as at the first Christ Jesus was the trust of your faith, the source of your life, the principle of your action, and the joy of your spirit, so let Him be the same till life*s end; the same when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and enter into the joy and the rest which remain for the people of God. O Holy Spirit, enable us to obey this heavenly precept.

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