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Rom. 6:3-4 New Life!

posted May 6, 2020, 11:03 AM by Jacob Boer

"Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore, we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life."

The Bible often connects baptism with dying and I’ve had people wonder about that since we focus more on the new life that baptism symbolizes. It’s important though to know that a relationship with Jesus is not just about being saved, but that it’s also about becoming a new person. We use the image of death to help us understand just how big a change it is to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and that it calls us to big choices: to leave behind completely our old wants and priorities and completely accept Jesus’ call on our lives, telling Jesus, “I will be whoever you want me to be and I give you my complete allegiance.” This takes trust and faith, but when you give your life completely over to Jesus, you will find that you will never regret it, the new life is a life long adventure in what life is supposed to be!

 

Q. Why then does the Holy Spirit call baptism the water of rebirth and the washing away of sins?

A. God has good reason for these words. To begin with, God wants to teach us that the blood and Spirit of Christ take away our sins just as water removes dirt from the body. But more important, God wants to assure us, by this divine pledge and sign, that we are as truly washed of our sins spiritually as our bodies are washed with water physically.

 

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