“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection” (Romans 6:3-5).
Today’s Morsel: When John the Baptist arrived on the scene, he first preached, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2); his next action was that of baptism (Matthew 3:5-6); and then he told them that there was One coming that would baptize them with the Holy Ghost and fire (Matthew 3:11). The reason they could not receive the Holy Ghost at that time was because the Holy Ghost was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified (John 7:37-39). Repentance, water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost fulfills Jesus' command to Nicodemus in John 3:3-5 of being born again of the water and the spirit. (See also Acts 2:38 spoken by Peter on the Day of Pentecost.) Every believer in Christ must be born-again of the water and the spirit in order to be His (1 Peter 3:21, Romans 8:9). Scripture says that we are buried with Christ by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. You can only walk in newness of life after you come up out of the watery grave. Have you been baptized with water and the Spirit?
Sing: I’m so glad that I've been buried in the name of the Lord, in the name of the Lord, in the name of the Lord. Well I’m so glad that I been buried in the name of the Lord, since the name of the Lord has been revealed.
Thought For Today: Jesus Christ is Lord (John 13:13-14).