100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 22
You Are Dead to Sin (Romans 6:11)
“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 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 6:3-4).
Have you followed the example of Jesus and been baptized in water? He asked the prophet John to baptize Him to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15), and we follow suit if we intend to make a public confession of our dependency upon Jesus Christ for salvation.
There’s Power in a Public Statement of Death to Sin.
- Baptism in water is a physical illustration of what truly happens in your spirit.You make a public statement of no longer living for yourself, meaning you bury the life that was dominated by the sin nature. That is why baptism includes the act of being submerged beneath the waters. You enter into new life fueled by resurrection power, demonstrated by being raised up out of the water.
- The humility you feel in publicly expressing that you are no longer your own master is met by the unmistakable grace of God, and you no longer care what others think of you! You are welcomed into God’s love and acceptance and that is all you have ever needed! You have assurance that because you confessed Jesus Christ as Lord before others, He in turn confesses you before the Father in heaven. “Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown Him before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33).
Child of God, you are dead to sin if you have repented. Repentance means you turned from your former way of living, and now follow Jesus Christ in everything. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you have died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3, emphasis added).
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
If you haven’t already, follow the Lord’s example of baptism in water. Or, if it has been awhile since you have shared your faith with another, ask God for an opportunity to witness of His goodness made known to you through Jesus Christ. Step into that opportunity (He will answer your prayer!) with resurrection power and proclaim boldly that in Jesus you have life!