Dead to Sin, Alive to Christ
The change of identity that occurs
during baptism must also lead to a change in attitude and lifestyle. Paul, an
apostle of Jesus, reminds us that the free grace of God should not be a license
to remain in sin.
"What shall we say then? Are we to continue
in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still
live in it? 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, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the
Father, we too might walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:14).
Baptism teaches us to say no to
sin and yes to God's will.
We used to be rebellious children
and went our own ways. But the life that we live after baptism is no longer
ours, but Christ's. We ought to live as obedient children and determine to
become as perfect as our Heavenly Father.
Even so, it is not by our efforts
that we can live out God's perfect nature. With God's grace in our lives, we
can have power over our own weaknesses. The salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ
is a life-long gift. As long as we determine to be obedient to God, he will
continue to transform our lives. By building and keeping a trusting relationship
with the Lord Jesus Christ after baptism, we can witness how God continues to
work wonders in our lives.