Resurrection the core

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4).

The Christian life is energized by the resurrection.

Very rarely we find a foundation without anything being built upon it.
If the resurrection is the foundation of the Christian faith/our faith, what is being built on it?

In Romans 6 we have a picture of a symbolic act – baptism. We learn that the act of baptism is a symbolic identification with the death and resurrection of Jesus…a simple yet powerful symbolic act.

The Word of God teaches us that while the act of baptism is a symbolic act, it has to represent a genuine heart – a clean conscience (1Peter 3:21).

The Christian is a dead man/woman (vv. 2-4)

Quite a gloomy picture, isn’t it? We seldom think about ourselves as dead. Getting old, yes, but dead?

Becoming a Christian hinges on not receiving vs. receiving (John 1:12).
Not receiving: continuing to live in error, arrogance, rebellion, self-appreciation (Ephesians 2:1);

Receiving: realising the dangerous situation and claiming God’s grace.

This brings us to the point of death (Romans 6:7) – a Christian becomes dead to sin. In that sense, a Christian is a dead man/woman.

The Christian is very much alive (vv. 4b, 11-12)

The Christian is alive and well, living a new life. “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11).
“Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to
life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness” (Romans 6:13). This new life – this liveliness – springs from Jesus’ own resurrection. Live in Him, for Him!