Title: Dead to Sin
Romans 6:3-11 (ESV)
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Paul, an apostle and the author of the letter to the Romans, lays out the symbolism we take part in during baptism. From as far back as Genesis, the idea of being under water represented death. Creation was brought out of the water, and water brought judgment in Noah’s time. Jonah was judged by being put under the water (in a fish). So, being put under water has carried an imagery of death. Paul says when the church was dunked under the waters of baptism, they were proclaiming to themselves and to others that they were united to Christ’s death and judgment. Thankfully, we are not left under the water in baptism, but we are raised out of it once again. This symbolizes and represents our uniting with Christ’s new life. As Jesus was raised from the dead, so are we.
But Paul says that symbolism has practical meaning for our lives. When we are united to Christ in His death and resurrection, we find forgiveness for our sins and the hope for new life and freedom from our sin. Just as Christ was crucified and died, so we put our old way of thinking and doing things to death. No longer do we do things out of envy, rivalry, anger, or selfishness, because we have been raised to new life. Raised to be able to put away sin, to walk in freedom, to love others. Raised to overcome prejudice and hatred, and to work through differences so the love of Christ can be on display in our lives and we can be free from our sin.
- What is one thing that stands out to you in today’s reading?
- Can you think of one thing you need to “put to death” in your life right now (one thing to get rid of)?
- What is one way you think God is calling you to walk in “newness of life” (a positive thing to add)?