The Resurrection of Me

More than one Bible text pictures the beginning of the Christian life as a resurrection which occurs as one comes up from the water of baptism.  This is stated either explicitly or there is a clear allusion to a new life.

Romans 6:3-4 NKJV 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.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Colossians 2:12 NKJV 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

Colossians 3:1 NKJV 1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Thus, the Christian enjoys two resurrections: the one at his/her baptism and the future one at the end of time.  Let’s talk about the first for a moment.

A resurrection means that a death has occurred, otherwise, the concept of resurrection would be meaningless.  The death that has happened for the Christian is the death to a life of sin.  The life of sin that has died is supposed to stay dead.  The sins that you repented of before your baptism have no place in your current Christian life.

You might ask yourself, “What is different in my life now compared to what I was like before I became a Christian?”  This difference will be more pronounced in some lives than others.  But, there should always be a change.  Jesus changes people who have a relationship with Him.  What has changed in your life?

A resurrection also means something new.  The new Christian has been given a fresh start.  He/she is now a new person.  That status has been granted by God in Christ.  The only way to have that newness is to be in Christ and when you are in Christ it is yours.  What a joy!  You have been given a chance to start over.  What are you going to do with it?

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Make a list of three or four things that were wrong in your life before you became a Christian.  Carefully examine your life now to determine if those same things have actually changed for the better.  Decide what you will do now to improve where you were previously deficient.
  2. God’s word is the source of faith, direction, encouragement, and hope.  Commit to taking a few minutes every day to read your Bible.  Read a short passage of 10-20 verses and mediate on how you can apply it in your life now.  Then, pray about it.  Do this daily.
  3. Jesus modeled perfect mercy, among other things, in His life.  Think of ways you can be more merciful to the people around you.  Remember, if they deserve it, it’s not mercy.  Be nice to someone who ought to do better.
  4. Evaluate if you are practicing the Golden Rule – do to others as you want them to do to you.  Work on thinking of this rule every time you see another person.  You are good at quoting the rule, how good are you at doing it?

God has given you a new life.  Think about it.  What are you doing with it?

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