Foolish Things Christians Believe: My Behavior Is Not Fixed
Don’t You Know?
Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? When we were baptized into his death, we were placed into the tomb with him. As Christ was brought back from death to life by the glorious power of the Father, so we, too, should live a new kind of life. If we’ve become united with him in a death like his, certainly we will also be united with him when we come back to life as he did. We know that the person we used to be was crucified with him to put an end to sin in our bodies. Because of this we are no longer slaves to sin. The person who has died has been freed from sin.
Romans 6:3-7 GW
Paul is telling us amazing news, something that seems almost unbelievable. Read this passage again but out load with Paul’s urgency in your voice.
When you consider the mess mankind’s sinfulness had made of the world, this promise of change made possible through our unity in Christ is not only a game changer, it’s a me changer!
Jesus spent the bulk of his life on earth as a craftsman, a builder. I bet he was called on to make a few repairs here and there, too. How true to his nature! His mission to the world was to repair the breaches in creation, to bring us back to the way humanity was created, to honor God for the love he gives us and reflect God’s love to each other.
With great love Jesus gave his life for us, but he doesn’t stop there. He takes us along on the journey of death and resurrection, death to our sinful rebellion and resurrection as a new creation. Tell God how glad you are to know this!
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