The baptismal life of a Christian involves a daily dying to sin and rising to live a new life. In this lesson we examine the “killing of the old Adam.” This daily baptism includes denying and refusing to follow the sinful thoughts, desires, and deeds of the sinful nature. This baptismal life of the Christian cannot be performed by non-Christians. There is no living a life without a birth. According to Titus 3:5-8 we know that baptism provides not only a re-birth, but also a renewal. Although the sinful nature was crucified and killed in our baptism, he continues to raise his ugly head. Romans 6 teaches us how Christians are to reckon themselves to be dead to sin.
In order to take a closer look at the daily signification of Holy Baptism in the life of the Christian, this lesson diagrams St. Paul’s one sentence found in Ephesians 4:20-24.
Handout: Ephesians 4 Lesson Three
The singular act of God through Holy Baptism by which we become forgiven sons of God signifies the kind of new life Christians are to live. We enter into a baptismal life of DAILY dying to sin and rising to live a new life. This lesson expounds Ephesian chapter four to show us the DAILY signification of our baptism into Christ.
Holy Baptism is a singular action by which God forgives sin, gives the Holy Spirit and makes the baptized a son of God(Acts 2:37-42, Gal 3:26-27). Through Holy Baptism, the newly made Christian enters into a baptismal life of daily dying to sin and rising to live a new life(Eph 4:22-24). Holy Baptism indicates or shows the continual baptismal life of Christian. Through the hearing of the Word, by daily sorrow and repentance over sin Christians deny the thoughts, word, and deeds of their sinful nature, and refuse to live in sin. Through the hearing of the Word, Christians daily trust in the promise God made them in their baptism, which creates a new heart desires to please God and love their neighbor.
Handout: List of Baptismal Passages
This is the concluding lesson for this series.
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