Under Gods Command

Romans 6:1-4 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer.  Or 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. 

In the church of Paul’s day, immersion was the usual form of baptism-that is, new Christians were completely “buried” in water.  They understood this form of baptism to symbolize the death and burial of the old way of life.  Coming up out of the water-symbolized resurrection to new life with Christ.

Lets Bring it Home:  If we think of our old, sinful life as dead and buried, we have a powerful motive to resist sin.  We can consciously choose to treat the desires and temptations of the old nature as if they were dead.  Then we can continue to enjoy our wonderful new life with Jesus.

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