Chapter 6 in Romans is exhilarating even though it’s main focus is death. But when that death results in life and freedom, it’s a different story.
When your favorite team wins the big game you want to read and hear all about it. Recounting the scores and big plays allows you to relive the experience. It begins to set in that your team is the champion!
Same goes here, only our champion has made us part of his team. As he suffered death to rise to new life, through faith in him we too have died and been raised, with him, from the dead.
When I read this passage the joy is overwhelming.
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. Romans 6:4
We can express this experience once and for all in baptism by immersion, publicly testifying to that victorious day when we died and rose again to walk in newness of life.
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20
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