Our Death and Resurrection

Colossians 2:12 – having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

In the Old Testament baptism represented purification, and initiation into Judaism. After Christ came baptism came to be a sign of our Christian conversion. The cool thing about baptism though is that is also symbolizes us dying with Christ, and us being resurrected with Him. This idea of dying with Christ is huge.

Romans 6:4 – We were therefore buried with Him

We were buried with Jesus. At first glance this doesn’t sound like a good thing. One may ask “Do I have to die to become Christian?” The obvious answer is no! It isn’t our physical body that dies with Jesus, it is our old sin-self (Christianese for “who we were before we became Christian”). When Jesus died He took our sins with Him, and not just our sins, but also our identity as sinners.

Romans 6:4 – in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

We died in order to be raised to life. We can’t be brought back to life if we aren’t dead. Does that mean that it is our old sin-self that is resurrected? No! When Jesus came back to life it was because He defeated death. We come back as a new creation with our identity centered in Christ.

Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

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