“Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.”
Romans 6:4-7 (NASB)
When I stepped into the waters of baptism years ago, I thought I was stepping in to make a significant declaration to heaven, earth and hell that I am resolving to follow Christ all the days of my life, and that is all there is to it.
Chancing upon these verses, I realised baptism has so much more than just declaring that resolve.
When Jesus died on that Cross, He had to depend on the Father to raise Him from the dead. Now, we who believe Jesus is alive, also should believe that, that very same power that raise Jesus from the dead shall also empower us to walk in newness of life. We depend on this power to help us, and so we do not go by mere willpower.
We no longer desire to sin freely; we desire to live free from sin.
The same power that crushed the enemy is the same power that lives in me. What a comforting and powerful reality!