Breaking the Pattern
We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
We want to believe that there's another kind of life available to us. We don't want to continue sinning, watching our lives being ruined. We vividly recall the baffling power sin has held over us in the past. Why should we believe that this power can be broken? How can we hope for freedom in the future?
As the apostle Paul taught about God's grace, some of his listeners asked this question: "Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?" Paul replied like this: "Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives" (Romans 6:1-4).
When we choose to obey God by being baptized, we're symbolizing a spiritual truth. The nature inside us, which was bound to sin, has been united with Jesus at the Crucifixion. When he died, it died. When we're covered by water in baptism, that symbolizes the burial of our old sin nature. When we come up from the water, that symbolizes our resurrection to a new way of life. Being united with Christ in his death and resurrection gives us the opportunity to live free from bondage to sin.
When we become one with Jesus Christ, the power of our past is broken.