In order to walk in newness of life one must first have new life. Once there is new life, the individual must know from where and how to obtain the strength to walk in newness of life. Before one can walk in newness of life, he must be born again. Jesus declared plainly in John 3:7 “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Upon hearing this, “Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?” (John 3:9). Nicodemus, like many people today, failed to grasp the idea of a new life. However the Word of God explains how to be born again so that we have opportunity to experience the new life in Christ. The born again experience is a term that refers to the newness that comes about from having one’s past sins forgiven or his slate wiped clean. The Apostle Paul referred to it in this manner: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Cor. 5:17).
Jesus explains the new birth process by comparing the Word to a seed being sown in the heart of an individual. (See Luke 8:11-15.) If the Word finds fertile ground, it will eventually bring about the birth pangs of conviction. As this conviction or realization of guilt and need for forgiveness brings the sinner to the point of godly sorrow, the sinner finds himself crying out to God for mercy and forgiveness. Thus, the Word accomplishes its grand design of convincing the sinner of his sin and wickedness. If conviction, godly sorrow, and repentance are allowed to perform their redemptive work, it causes the sinner to reach out in faith as he seeks divine forgiveness through faith in the blood of Christ. Next will come that beautiful moment when as the sinner is repenting, his faith in the shed blood of Christ takes a sudden leap forward, and he knows his sins have been forgiven. It is at that moment that he is born again and becomes a new creature in Christ.
To walk in newness of life, one must first experience being born again. This new birth is a promise available to all who recognize that they have sinned and are guilty of having transgressed the commandments of God. When one comes before God and asks forgiveness and through faith accepts the shed blood of Christ as the atonement for his past transgressions; God will be faithful and just to forgive him of his sins and cleanse him from all unrighteousness. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) Having obtained forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ, the next step requires laying hold on the strength God has provided, which will enable one to walk acceptably before God in newness of life.