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Devotional - week of April 8, 2007


WE WERE BURIED WITH HIM

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.  Romans 6:4

 

 

In this verse, Paul is writing about Christ’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection and the spiritual crucifixion, burial and resurrection of the believer. The believer’s burial seems to receive little attention.

 

Until a person receives Jesus as Lord and Savior, he is living in the flesh. However, when Jesus enters a life in the person of the Holy Spirit, He comes in to become the life of the new believer. The flesh, though, continues seeking to control of the life of the believer.

 

In God’s plan of salvation, when Jesus enters the life of a new believer, his old man is crucified and buried. His old man is the flesh and all it has produced in the new believer since birth. The burial is a second lock on the door keeping the flesh out of power enabling the Holy Spirit to have full control of the life of the believer.

 

In Matthew 12:39-40 Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees that the three days and nights He would be in the heart of the earth would be a sign that He was the Messiah. Those three days and nights send a message to the world that Jesus did die and arise from death.

 

A new believer’s baptism in water is a symbol that sends the message that both he and Jesus have been crucified, buried and resurrected. It is a visible presentation in symbol that he is now able to permit the Spirit of Christ to live through him. In the words of Romans 6:4 the new believer's baptism in water is a visible testimony in symbol that it is now possible for him to walk in newness of life.

 

In Romans 6:4 Paul says that we “should” walk in the newness of life. This means that even though one’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection make it possible for one to walk in newness of life he must do something to experience the newness of life—a life that is under the control of the Holy Spirit and not under the control of the flesh.

 

This is the reason God gives specific direction on how to experience what is true. Romans 6:11-13 provides the guidance for a believer to experience his spiritual crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

 

When we continue to obey the guidance provided in these verses, we will continue to experience newness of life.