posted May 21, 2012, 9:16 AM by Dale Barnes
Jesus said that this new life is a gift from God, that it is like living water, that it is like a well within our inner being that springs up to eternal life. (Jn. 4:10,14)  He said that out of our inner being would flow streams (rivers) of living water, so it would not only satisfy ourselves but others as well.  It is the very life of God.

The apostle tells us the fruit of this new life is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control.” (Gal.5:22)  Wow!  That sounds like a life that is so different from all the strife and trouble around us.  A new life that is freely given to us in Christ, and flows out as we trust and walk with him.

There are manifestations of this new life that is evident as we trust and follow Christ as his disciple.  The apostle mentions them in 1 Co. 12:8-10.  These manifestations are given for the common good of people; to be a blessing and help to many. “Words of Wisdom, Words of knowledge, Faith, Healings, Miracles, Prophecy, Discerning of spirits, Speaking in different tongues (languages) and Interpretation of tongues (languages).    

This new life by the Spirit of God; this well within, is a foretaste, a down payment, guaranteeing what is coming later. (2 Co.5:1-5, Eph.1:13-14)  There is a reality, a new life, we should walk in as part of a new kingdom that is present now in true believers, and will come to fullness when Christ returns.