If I may, I’d like to suggest that you memorize Romans 6:1-14 in your Bible (or at least spend some significant and focused time prayerfully reflecting on its message)! Why would I say that? Well, if you’re serious about living in spiritual victory over sin as a Christian, that passage holds the secret for you!
Here it is… The Secret of Living in Spiritual Victory over Sin is Realizing the Reality of your Baptism!
According to Apostle Paul these are the core elements of that truth…
“When we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we (in a real sense) join him in His death.” (vs. 3)
“We died and were buried with Christ in our baptism” (vs. 4)
And then “just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of God, the Father, now we can live new lives… We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives.” (vss. 5-6)
“So you should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus! Do not let sin control the way you live – do not give in to sinful desires!”(vss. 11-12)
And the result of identifying fully, day by day – moment by moment – with Christ; with the reality of your baptism? “Sin is no longer your master” (vs. 14) – you have no obligation whatever to do what it entices you to do – you are “alive with Christ” and his resurrection power is at work in your life! (Taken from Romans 6:1-14 The New Living Translation)
Here is a way of thinking about it that I think will help. It’s a bit like your old self dying (with Christ, of course), being buried, and then through Christ’s resurrection power being resurrected to live a new live… AND THERE YOU ARE, STANDING THERE ALIVE, LOOKING AT YOUR OWN TOMBSTONE AND GRAVE!
My response? Praise the Lord! Thank you Jesus, for Your death, burial and resurrection! I’m really glad for the reality baptism depicts! (Oh, and as an aside… If you have put your faith in Christ to forgive you and give you new life – you really MUST be baptized!)