Thursday, May 20, 2010

Your identity: Buried and Risen with Christ

Understanding who you are in Christ is vital to your walk with God. At the core of the Christian’s message is the belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible states that Christ’s death is a picture of our death to sin. And when He rose again, we, too, have been raised to a new life under His headship.

Before your identity in Christ, your life was controlled and dominated by the things of this world. You lived and behaved according the world’s standards. You looked to the philosophies of this world for answers. However, when the gospel was revealed in your heart, you were transformed in your thinking. God removed you out of the darkness and placed into the light. You were placed Christ and given the Holy Spirit who guides you into living out this new life with holy living and godliness.

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:5-11

Coming under the headship of Christ means that you are a new person. Your desires, ambitions, and goals will change. You will possess a higher calling to be more like Christ. There is a change in your life to pursue Christ more fervently.

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