Oh To Be Wise Meditations
What I love about Baptism is that it is an outward demonstration of an inward change. After that though for the believer its rest of our lives that we need an inward demonstration of the outward change we are proclaiming. Repentance should be done in holy and reverent fear unto God in Christ. Sin is something we must learn to master and not to be perfect. But to actually become like Jesus every day of our lives. When we were baptized, we died and were buried with Christ. We were baptized, so we would live a new life, as Christ was raised to life by the glory of God the Father. If we shared in Jesus' death by being baptized, we will be raised to life with him.
We know that the persons we used to be were nailed to the cross with Jesus. This was done, so our sinful bodies would no longer be the slaves of sin. We know sin doesn't have power over dead people. As surely as we died with Christ, we believe we will also live with him. God raised Jesus from the dead, releasing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for Him to be held in its clutches. Praise God, in the same way it is impossible for God's love not to change us for eternity. The inward change will show on the outward, even if the outward is perishing and fading away. Christ's outward demonstration of love on the Cross was for the inward change of humanity. The power of the Gospel is so beautifully displayed in his transformed believers.
Meditate 2 Cor. 13:4