Romans 6 NIV 1984
:3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
:4 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 (AMP)
:3 Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
:4 We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
“All right, class, let’s begin your speed typing drill. Begin on the count of three. One, two, three!”
Clickity click, clickity click immediately filled the room as we typed one of my favorite sayings:
“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
Back in the mid-seventies at Slidell High, typing was one of my favorite classes. I excelled to nearly the top of my class with the speed drills; and not only did I love the rhythm of typing the above saying, I loved the message of the sentence.
Even then, I was comforted with the reality that I could start over today, and begin a different direction for the rest of my life. It meant that today I could make the choices I wished I was already living by – including in my spiritual life.
This week’s verses refers to the symbolism baptism provides regarding dying to our old life (the years before receiving Christ as Savior) and rising to a brand new life in Christ.
A new life!
As we focus on these two verses, don’t forget to review last week’s as we continue to memorize (or meditate on) Romans 6.
Before I close, I’d like to say good-bye to Mary, a lady I once cared for when I was a private caregiver. Each day, I would go “off the clock” and we would talk about what God was doing in our lives. Our prayer times together were special. She recently passed away, and is now talking to God face-to-face. I love you, Mary. You were a good friend.
What about you?
• If you haven’t already done so, would you like to know how to experience a new life with Christ as your Savior? If so, feel free to email me (see sidebar), or comment on this post and allow the readers to respond and to be praying for you.
• For others: How does your new life experience look in your life? What old habits or old ways died with your conversion and what new patterns resulted?
• What is your goal for this week towards becoming more Christlike? How can we pray for you?