TIM LAUGHLIN: On earth as it is in heaven (part 5)

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“Buried with Him in baptism in which you were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements (certificate of debt) that was against us, which was contrary to us and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” Colossians 2:12-14

Baptism today has become another religious dead work, as ritualistic as the Catholic baptism of children. Open in church services for anyone to just jump in and join up. Contrary to popular belief, baptism doesn’t save you, nor make you a member of the church, or wash away your sins – it is your literal, not symbolic, death, burial and resurrection.

Remember the children of Israel in bondage to the Egyptians for over 400 years, enslaved and indebted to a Pagan race?

God heard their cries and sent Moses, a type of Christ to deliver them through signs and wonders, finally bringing them down to the Red Sea for their baptism.

The Egyptian armies were hot on their trail, a type of the powers of darkness coming to drag them back into slavery. On the very brink of destruction as many of us are when we get saved they feared for their lives when Moses commanded the sea to divide, giving them a way of escape into a new life.

As Jesus died, was buried and then resurrected so are we, being submerged into a watery grave upon our born-again experience, we die to the things of the world, our old fleshly habits and evil lifestyle of pride, greed and selfishness, transformed into a new spiritual being, freed from bondage.

As the children of Israel came up out of the sea they looked back and there were no enemies chasing them, they were delivered to a life to be led in the wilderness by the Holy Spirit just as we are, set free from darkness to live in the glorious light of God’s love, mercy, provision and deliverance.

“Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6:4-7

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