Tuesday, June 28, 2016

DO YOU NOT KNOW? 1

 
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Rom 6:3 [ESV]
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 


In harmony with Paul's remarkable exegesis on the grace of God and justification by faith in Romans Chapter 4 and 5, he continued in Romans 6 to show the connection between justification and sanctification. The Chapter began thus: What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 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 (Rom 6:1-4).

As believers, spiritual knowledge is as vital as grace, the kind of knowledge we talking about is not of our reasoning or by our understanding but by the Holy Spirit (see 1 Cor 2:12-13). Baptism is a very important ordinance commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ (see Matt 28:19 and Mark 16:16). But its import goes beyond the physical immersion in water. It is symbolic of our identification with Christ in his death and resurrection. The fullness of this identification is by the knowledge imparted to us by the Holy Spirit. As we submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit, He brings us to the point where we realize that on account of the death of Christ, we cannot continue in sin. And by reason of His resurrection, we can live new lives defined by the word of God and manifested by the Holy Spirit in Holiness – lives set apart and pleasing to God.

Go into today asking the Lord to help you receive this knowledge of a new life in Christ Jesus.
-Pas CE Toviam

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