BURIED FOR A NEW LIFE
“We were therefore buried with Him through
baptism into death in order that we too may
live a new life.” Romans 6:4
Baptism is an amazing gift from God. The thought that simple water combined with God’s Word can work a miraculous spiritual cleansing sometimes sounds too good to be true. But true it is. The gift of that Word along with plain, ordinary water works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe. These gifts are indeed nothing short of a miracle.
Isn’t that what God is all about? Doing whatever it takes to bring His most loved creation to the point of trust and beliefs that His gifts are real and true? Even using a simple everyday thing like water. But it is not just water, but the Word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God’s word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God, it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit.
This gift of God tells us that the old sinful Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever. Praise God for giving each of us new life in Him through baptism.
“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.” Romans 6:4
This is most certainly true!