I invited a young friend over for coffee one day. We began to chat. She had been contemplating getting baptized. So, she said, “Why should I get baptized?” I could not think of a better teacher than Jesus; so I let Him speak:
Romans 6:5-14 (MSG)
3-5 That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.
Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call!
What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word.
When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.
Nicodemus seemed not to understand the concept of “born again”, So Jesus went on~
5-6 Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.
I explained that it is the spirit that needs to be born again into God’s life. The real us is spirit, soul, and body; we are comprised of all three. We are a spirit having a soul (mind, will, and emotions), and living in a body. The soul and body feed information to the spirit and it determines who we truly are. We are creatures of the world or creatures born of God. This last is our original design. When we first enter this world, we are creatures of the world; but then when we choose Jesus, we are born again as Children of God with His DNA~ He is our true creator FATHER, and with His spirit in us, our perception of life becomes totally new. Our eyes into truth are opened.
We are made anew, a joyful experience! Relationship with God becomes real and satisfying. When accepting Jesus gift of dying for us to delete our sin nature, our opportunities to build an authentic personal one-on-one connection with God are immense. Nothing is more satisfying than communicating with God, feeling His personal love for us. Any challenge that satan uses to come against us can be put in God’s powerful hands and He will take care of it for us.
Life with God is superabundant. Nothing can compare!