Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Baptized Into His Death

Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 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.

Baptism is the sign of the new covenant. We are baptized into his death, immersed in water and we come up cleansed, a new man in the Spirit of Christ.

What is this new life about?

Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Col 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear

Phil 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Phil 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

It is settled, Christ died for sin, we die with him, and as he arose to newness of life, we receive a new life in his Holy Spirit. We are no longer the old sinful person, if you are the same, you probably have not been made new. We are a new person in Christ Jesus, renewing our minds in his word and setting our affections on things above and eternal.

Freed from sin

Rom 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:
Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

The old man is that self inherited from Adam, which is by nature sinful and rebellious to God; this aspect of our person was crucified with Christ. In place of the old man, God has given the believer a new man; a self which is willingly obedient and pleasing to God; this is the new man created and raised with Christ.

Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

If we are dead to sin, where does sin come from in our bodies? Is it not from old habits and thoughts? Do not let Satan bring up the past, nor cause you to be tempted.We also must keep separate from the ways of the world.

It is our choice, to put off sin or to walk in sin. We are dead in Christ, but the flesh awakens each day. We must walk in the Spirit and do the things that God approves of. Think of the good that we could do if we truly served the Lord each day. Flesh, vanity, pride, comfort and ease, submit to the Spirit of God. New life following the Lord who loves us and cares for us. Sin be gone, grace covers us, his blood shed to make us free. Let us live in this freedom while there is still freedom to do so.

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