We are new creatures in Christ. Old things have passed away. This position we have in Christ is finished, but the possession of it is accomplished in our daily walk. With each step, we learn we are finished with what is truly gone.
To know, count as completed, that we are dead unto sin but alive unto God through Christ, is demonstrated through baptism. As our whole body goes in the water, we identify with His death on the cross. As we are raised up out of the water, we identify with His resurrection. Our old man is crucified with Him that henceforth, we should not serve sin. When we are dead, we are freed from sin. The outside shows what we believe our new birth has done on the inside. The old no longer exists. We can check the list of what used to be in our lives…before Christ, and place a checkmark next to done showing it is complete! The truth we know sets us free.
Our profession brings forth the possession of His promises because of our position in Him. Let’s not let what is dead hinder what is alive. Let us continually ignore what no longer has any power. The words we speak and believe in our hearts express this truth as we walk in this newness of life from glory to glory!
Romans 6:4 “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.”
Through identification with Jesus, we are able to bring the application of His death and resurrection to a reality in our lives. It is symbolized by baptism. As we are submerged in the water, we declare our old sin nature crucified with Him; and as we emerge from the water, we rise up in newness of life. This takes place in our hearts. Baptism is an outward expression of what we believe in our hearts. Day by day we identify with the Lord, by faith, so we can walk in victory.
Application comes from association. Our relationship with the Lord is the foundation of our walk with Him. Without fellowship there cannot be any partnership. When anything tries to rise up from our old man, we regard it as destroyed. It’s not destroyed to the point of nonexistence, but it is rendered inactive and powerless. It is then that we can be free from temptation, even when it’s all around us. We are not liberated of this or that because it’s not in sight, but because we now live by faith.
When we travel abroad we show our identification to enter another country. Similarly, our identification in Christ gives us access to new realms of the reality of His glory. Areas of new freedoms are entered, and great peace is attained. Our identity in Christ is the reality we walk in, from glory to glory!
Romans 6:5-6 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 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.