Daily Devotion For Saturday April 15, 2017

Romans 6: 3-11

Romans 6: 3-11
3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

This is some tricky stuff from Paul. Who is this “old self” that is crucified? In the Large Catechism Martin Luther writes On Infant Baptism and says this about the “old self’ in this passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans-

What does such baptizing with water signify? It signifies that the Old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts and, again, a new man daily come forth and arise, who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever. Where is this written? St. Paul writes, Romans, chapter sixth: We are buried with Christ by Baptism into death, that, like as He was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Luther argues that we die daily to ourselves through prayer and repentance. What does this look like? Well, I think that every day is a battle between old self that craves sin and does what I dare not and fails to do what would be best for my soul and the community of which I am a part. This is a responsibility we are given at baptism and something we strive for every single day of our lives. Like the sin that plagues us, this battle is never-ending. But the Good News that Paul offers is that we have also been baptized in the resurrection of Christ. So, as we celebrate this resurrection of Christ let us also celebrate out new life in him.
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