Daily Word for Monday, July 20, 2015
You may not be aware that as believers we “die” before we die. Romans 6:1-5 delineates this reality for us; [What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection].
The scripture opens with a rhetorical question related to sin and grace. It goes on to answer the rhetorical question emphatically, establishing the proper relationship between the two.
In verse 2, the text suggests our death before our death influences the life we are living now. In verse 3, the Bible seeks to examine our understanding related to our baptism into Christ and ask us, in essence, “what do you think you were baptized into?”
We are further informed in verse 3 that our baptism into Christ was a baptism into His death.
Verse 4 explains the phenomenon stating that our baptism into Christ is a burial but we are not buried alone. We, through baptism, are buried with Christ, according to God’s Word, so that we could be raised “from the dead by the glory of the Father.”
Verse 5 reiterates the blessed event of our shared death, burial and resurrection with Christ.
Friend, you really are a new creature in Christ, old things have passed away and all things are new. So Baptism is for us an outward expression of an inward reality.
Walk in the reality of the new you and make your Heavenly Father smile!
Peace and blessings!