14 day plan

New Beginnings

Day 12 of 14

Romans 6:4

4Therefore we were buried with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life.

Reflections: If you’ve survived a heart attack, life is never the same again. You’ve been given a second chance. How in the world could you go back to the unhealthy habits of your old life? Christians have survived more than a heart attack. We died with Christ and have been raised to life with him. Jesus didn’t simply delay death in this life. He’s defeated death forever and given us eternal life. So how in the world can we live as we once did? How can we go back to the sin which first put us in the grave? Our baptism signifies our new life in Christ. It declares to the world, “I am not my own but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ” (Heidelberg Catechism, 1).

Question: What besetting sins will you put to death this week? How does your baptism remind you to live your new life in Christ?

Prayer: God of life, we praise you for your grace which multiplies more than our deepest sin. Remind us that we have been baptised into the death of your Son and raised to new life in him. By your Spirit, may we offer ourselves to you as weapons for righteousness, for we now live under the grace of your glorious Son. Amen.

Romans 6:1-23

The New Life in Christ

1What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? 2Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we were buried with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of his resurrection. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be rendered powerless so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, 7since a person who has died is freed from sin. 8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him, 9because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over him. 10For the death he died, he died to sin once for all time; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its desires. 13And do not offer any parts of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness. 14For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under the law but under grace.

From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God

15What then? Should we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Absolutely not! 16Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey — either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching to which you were handed over, 18and having been set free from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. 19I am using a human analogy because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification. 20For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness. 21So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? The outcome of those things is death. 22But now, since you have been set free from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification — and the outcome is eternal life! 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.