Romans 6:3-4 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:6-8 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
Few of us equate the baptism of an infant with death, but in order for rebirth, there must first be a death. Paul is not talking about the death of the body, but the death of the sinful nature with which we are born, which we have received from our sinful parents. This sinful nature, through baptism, is put to death so that a new nature can arise, a nature that is holy and perfect in God's sight. Once baptized, God no longer regards us as sinners, but as his holy children, and we are to regard ourselves this way too. If we have died to sin, we have been set free to live a new life in Christ.
Our freedom is real. It is not a feeling, it is a fact! It is far easier to balance on a high wire if you are not afraid of falling. Fear causes failure, while confidence brings success. Our confidence is not in ourselves, but in God who has given us His Holy Spirit to resist and overcome sin. Come and hear more this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
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