Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. Romans 6:5
In his classic devotional My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers wrote:
“I can have the resurrection life of Jesus here and now, and it will exhibit itself through holiness.”
When we cross the line of faith by placing our trust in the saving death of Jesus Christ and his triumphant resurrection we are at that instant identified with his death and resurrection. We die to sin and self and we begin a new life excelling in loving God and loving others (holiness).
Yesterday in church we baptized 6 individuals. They all verbalized their love for Christ and the difference He is making in their lives. As they were placed under the water it clearly symbolized their co-death with Christ and their coming up out of the water a second later represented their co-resurrection with Him.
A few questions come to mind:
- Have you yet experienced the life changing power of Christ? (Authentic change is possible!)
- Have you yet been obedient by being baptized as a public profession of your faith? (We’ll be having another baptism Sunday sometime this summer.)
- Do you see your life steadily increasing in your love for God and others? (It’s not about perfection but progress!)
I pray the death and resurrection of Christ changes your eternity as well as you’re here and now!