“The old man has been put to death just as decisively as Christ died upon the accursed tree.” —John Murray
Baptisms are one of the great things about being a pastor. When I get to dunk someone and then pull them out of the water—man, it’s just like the best of the best. Water baptism is an outward expression of the inner transformation of Christ, and when someone makes that public expression, it just invigorates me from head to toe.
The word baptize means “to place into” or to “identify with.” Sometimes that means into water, but sometimes it means something else:
Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? —Romans 6:3
This is not a verse about water baptism. It says we have been placed into Christ… and we have been placed into His death. This is a God mystery, but it’s true. The phrase is repeated again:
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. —Romans 6:4
Whoa! What happened to the old you? You were placed into Christ Jesus, you were placed into His death on the cross, and you were also placed into the tomb with Him when He was buried. This is not theological trivia. This is how it happened—this is how it had to happen—in order that you too may live a resurrected life in Christ (because He can’t dwell in something sinful). This is spiritual reality, the truth about your identity in Christ—something that only God can do and has done outside of the natural realm.
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A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World
It’s a challenge for most followers of Jesus Christ to live in a culture driven by values and views that run counter to our faith and to the truth of Scripture. And we wonder how best to relate.
Should we isolate ourselves from such a world, trying to keep ourselves “unstained”? Should we be intimidated by what our secular counterparts believe because we feel “out of step”? Then again, maybe we should identify more closely with the values of our world in order to win more people to Christ.
Stuart Briscoe takes you on a journey to discover how to live as a Christ follower in our fallen culture in his new small book, A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World. By looking at the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-50), Stuart shows you an excellent model for how we should indeed live in our world!
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