A Whole New Way
June 1, 2022

Today’s 333 Devotional: “A Whole New Way”

Baptism is a symbolic picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For a believer in Jesus Christ, being submerged under the water is to proclaim to the world that they have died to self and have been buried in Christ. Being raised from the water is then the proclamation that they have been raised with Christ into a brand-new resurrected life.

When Jesus died, he left behind His old earthly existence, and at the resurrection He took on a totally new and changed life, and it is this new, changed, and resurrected life that He is now giving to all who believe in Him.

This was the Apostle Paul’s point when he said, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” (Romans 6:3-5)

When someone comes into the saving faith of Jesus Christ, God takes that faith and counts it as participating in Christ’s death. As such they have now died to sin, and therefore, they are freed from the penalty and judgment of sin. Sin, therefore, no longer has control over them, and ceases to have a place in their life.

With death to sin, a believer enters in and is identified with Christ’s resurrection where the old man of sin is put away and the new man of righteousness takes his place (Ephesians 4:22-24).

Therefore, as a believer in Jesus Christ, we no longer need to walk according to the dictates of sin, but rather we can walk in a newness of life, that is, a whole new way of living.

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