Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Good News!

(Once in a while I like to post things from others people's blogs because I think it will help you. This one comes from Lewis and Lue Gregory. I receive their weekly e-letter in my email on Monday, and you can too. Go to http://www.sourceministries.net/go/ and get all you can.)

THE WORD IS: Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Romans 6:3

THE POINT IS: “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” Or so it’s been said. However, if you’re not aware of certain things, you will miss out on the benefits. And that can be very costly, perhaps painfully so. This is especially true for Christians. Many Christians don’t fully know what happened to them upon receiving Christ. Since they don’t know what happened to them, they don’t know what’s available to them. So, what’s there to know? The first thing Paul said we need to know is that when we received Christ, the Holy Spirit baptized us into Christ. The kind of baptism referred to here is a spiritual baptism. This is a work of the Holy Spirit which He accomplished when He immersed us into Christ. We were placed into His life. Thus Christ became our life!

THE APPLICATION IS: But before you can enter into His life, it is necessary to be baptized into His death. Therefore, the first and most basic thing Christ did for you was to die in your place. He accomplished this by becoming one with you on the cross. The miracle of Christ’s death is the effect it had upon you. What effect was that? You died! For you, it’s good Friday all over again. What’s so good about it? Although death is normally a sad time, this is the one exception. Why? The old person you were in Adam died with Christ. That person no longer exists. Your former self is dead and gone. That’s not you anymore. Your new self is bound up in Christ, which makes your new self a good self. You’re now the best that you can be because of your union with Christ. Christ has become your very life. Therefore, everything you are and have comes from Him. The good news is that your old life has ended and a new life has begun!

So now you know!

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