Baptized Into Christ

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, July 13, 2011

 Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. – Romans 6:3-4

 Paul is explaining one of the great truths in the Christian faith. He is explaining that when we become believers we are baptized into Christ. It is not that the baptism puts us into Christ, but it does symbolize what happens when we by faith receive Christ into our lives.

Our baptism is a symbol, yet it is more than a symbol, of our transformation from being a person born into this world system to a person born in the eternal world system. When, by faith receive Christ we become “in Christ.”

The message is that we have come out of something and into something. We have come out of the world; we have come out of self; we have come out of darkness; we have come out of evil influence. We have come into a new world; we were born into a new world; having come out of ourselves we are now in Christ; being in Christ we are now in the light; in Christ we are now righteous. Baptism is the public confession that we are in Christ.

When we are in Christ we are:

  • Justified by faith in Christ – Galatians 2:16
  • Sons of God through faith in Christ – Galatians 3:26
  •  Sanctified in Christ – 1 Corinthians 1:2
  • Made alive in Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:22
  • New Creations in Christ – 2 Corinthians 10:17
  • Seated in heaven with Christ – Ephesians 2:6

In Christ we are all of that and more. Being baptized into Christ opens a new world to us. Our old life has been put to death in repentance and when we rise up out of the water we are being raised to new life, just like Jesus when he was raised to life. We rejoice in knowing that are dead to sin and alive in Christ!

 Prayer: Hallelujah! I’m alive in Christ.

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