Updated: Oct 6, 2020
“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 NIV).
Have you ever wondered what life would be like if Adam and Eve would not have been infected by the disease of sin—if they had not fallen for the temptation of Satan? I have. To be able to walk in the coolness of the evening with God and talk about the day. To have that close of a relationship that all of our senses could see, hear, and feel Him. To be able to ask Him questions like, why did you make the sky blue or why does the apple fall from the tree. Or just to have the kind of place where you could walk around safe.
Well, someday we will know! For now, because the race of Adam is infected and all of creation is broken, we cannot know, at least not all the way, yet. We live in the tension of the time between when the Kingdom of God has come - and is yet to come. Adam’s race is hopelessly lost without Christ. Only through His death and resurrection can we be saved. As Paul just finished writing in chapter 5, just as one man, Adam, brought death and sin into the world one Man, Christ, removed it. Christ is now at the head of a new race.
Through baptism we take part in Christ death and therefore are dead to our old life of sin and death. Also taking part in His resurrection by the glory of God giving us new life. Read the passage again. Yes, baptism is an outward symbol of what Christ has done already inwardly. We are dead to Adam’s race and raised to a new life in Christ—justified, adopted, and regenerated.
How are you living it?
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