"Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."
Romans 6:3-4 NKJV
There were two significant kinds of baptisms, the baptism of repentance and the baptism into death. The former was John's baptism; "Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” (Acts 19:4 NKJV). The other baptism is that of Jesus which is a baptism into the death of Christ.
Paul met believers who were baptized unto John's baptism only and he baptized them again "in the name of the Lord Jesus". It was not that they had been dipped in water that mattered, it was the significance of the immersion. John preached repentance to prepare people's minds for the Messiah but John's ministry had no power to produce the new birth.
In Christ, people who believe are baptized into His death. It signifies that the old man is dead and buried with his deceitful lusts in Christ's death. And like as Christ was raised from the dead, we also walk in newness of life. We have resurrection life in us. The old life in the old man was supplanted by a new life of the new man in Christ. You are now a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Some people claim that as long as we are in this body we will sin. Well not if you are born again. Once you are born again the body of sin is destroyed, "...knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin." (Romans 6:6 NKJV). It's hard for many who are carnally minded to grasp this but sinning after you become a Christian is pretty much your choice not something you say "I can't help it", "For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace." (Romans 6:14 NKJV).
Saint John is very bold, "Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God." (I John 3:9 NKJV). I have heard people say "to err is human". I agree, but sinning is not divine and a Christian is not just a normal human being, a believer is a partaker of the divine nature presently. I believe we should start normalizing walking consistently in righteousness, not as some paranoid legalists but allowing the flow of grace that keeps sin at bay.
By building a conciousness of victory over sin, we will effortlessly live sin-free lives. The biggest hindrance to walking in victory over sin is sin consciousness. Living in guilt and condemnation keeps people in the cycle of sin. Knowing that sin has no dominion over you, and that your sins have been forgiven past present and future gives you freedom from sin. I believe God is raising a new generation of believers who will walk in victory over the this sinful world through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, those who know that they have been baptized into the death of Christ.
I walk in righteousness. The old man is dead and now I am walking in newness of life.
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