Water Baptisms – Out With the Old, In With the New
This Friday Night service was powerful because of what followed the short sermon: water baptisms. A total of 18 individuals made a public display of their dedication and love for Jesus by getting water baptized by Pastor Lonnie. It’s important to note that we’re not saved through the water of the baptismal tank. We’re saved by His grace. In water baptism we are identifying with Him by putting to death our old man, and receiving the new man, our new creation, in Christ. You cannot bypass the cross to get to the resurrection. Without the death there is no resurrection. Romans 6 says this best. Please read the entire passage with this context.
Romans 6: (NKJV) What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Death Has Been Defeated
There is no power over Jesus. He defeated death, soundly, and forever. There is no power in death any longer. We are instructed to reckon (account) ourselves dead to sin. Only then can the power of His resurrection truly transform us. The resurrection is not an event. Jesus is the resurrection. Hebrews 10:14 describes the completeness of the death of Jesus.
Hebrews 10:14 (NKJV) For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
Jesus is the life creation has longed for. He will give you your identity (your true identity) and restore back to you everything that was taken from you by the world. When you know who you are, and you know where you’re going, and you know what you’re supposed to do, then you have purpose in life.
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