Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Romans 6:3-4 (NLT)
3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death?
4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Back in the early 80’s the Christian Rock group Servant recorded a song called “Water Grave.” The lyrics to the verse went, “I’m goin’ down to the river, and I’m gonna be buried alive. I want to show my Heavenly Father, the man I use to be has finally died.” Whenever I think of water baptism this song just naturally comes to mind. In essence this song echoes what Paul tells us about the subject in his letter to the Romans. He tells them, and us, that when we are baptized in water symbolically we are dying to our old way of life. If you think about the symbolism is unmistakable. As we are immersed in the water it illustrates the act of dying and being buried in the ground, and coming out of the water shows that we are being raised to a new life. Water baptism is a public affirmation that this has already happened in our life. It is a testimony to the world that our old sinful self has been crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20) and is dead. Therefore, sin no longer has the same control over our lives that it used to before Christ. It also signifies that just as Christ rose from the grave changed, we too have been changed and been given the power to overcome sin (Rom. 8:37). This raises two questions, and the first one is have you been baptized in water? If you haven’t you should be because Jesus commanded all His disciples to be baptized in water (Matt. 28:19-20). The second question is, are you living like you’ve been baptized? Are you living like you have died to your old life? If your not you can by taping into the power that God has given you in Christ and in His Word. Live like you’ve been given new life because of the Good News.