The latest new thing

Have you ever noticed how that latest new thing doesn’t continue to be new? A new new thing appears that makes the penultimate old and uninteresting. There is, however, a latest new thing that never gets old.

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Romans 6.4 ESV

Note these points about this newness of life.

  1. The expression “newness of life” was a Jewish way of saying “new life” (so most modern versions). After a while, many people become dissatisfied with the life they have and want to exchange the old life for a new one. Except that the real, new life is found only “in Christ“, 2 Cor 5.17. We must ask and discover how to get into Christ.
  2. The answer is in the above verse: We enter into the newness of life by immersion in water. We must understand this connection between the two things. Baptism brings this newness of life because it is there that God removes our sin, through Christ’s blood. (See more on this point here.)
  3. This newness of life is something in which we must walk. The walk refers to our conduct, all our behavior and thinking. What good does it do to continue living the old life when we have the new? It’s like living as a pauper, without food and clothing, after someone has given us a fortune.

What does this mean for us? First, if we don’t yet have this new life, we need to get it, pronto. (See the link above in point no. 2.)

Second, if I have it, I need to take full advantage of it. I must live this life according to Christ’s life.

Third, once I have this life, I want to share it with others, for I know that the old life ends in death, and I don’t want that for anyone. Every time someone is immersed into Christ, we have, again, the latest new thing.

So what’s the latest new thing for you?


Translated from the Portuguese-language devotional Deus Conosco (God with Us).

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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