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Friday August 17 – Raised with Christ in baptism

…. in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. – Colossians 2:12b

Scripture reading: Romans 6:1-11

The Form for the Baptism of Infants explains being baptized into the name of God the Son as follows:

“The Son seals unto us that He washes us in His blood from all our sins, incorporating us into the fellowship of His death and resurrection, so that we are freed from our sins and accounted righteous before God.”

Those who are baptized into the name of the Son have the washing of their sins and the daily renewing of their lives in Christ.

But what we have in Christ needs to be imparted to us through the Holy Spirit as we take ownership of our baptism. Therefore, at the close of each baptism of infants, we pray that God would govern these children with His Holy Spirit so that they may be nurtured in the Christian faith. When, by the grace of God, this happens, children are not only in Christ, but Christ is also in them, so they can say it is no longer they who live, but Christ Jesus who lives in them (Galatians 2:20).

When unbelievers become Christians and are baptized, being in Christ and having Christ often occur at the same time. For their children who are baptized, however, there is almost always a time gap between the two. Sometimes, —Christ being in them—never happens. For the Colossians, it did and Paul describes this miracle of grace as a being raised with Christ. The power of God that raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead also spiritually raised them from the dead and now lives in them.

Suggestions for prayer

Thank your heavenly Father that the risen Christ also lives in you. If not, ask for this miracle of grace to take place.

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional. Rev. Dick Moes is pastor emeritus of the Surrey Covenant Reformed Church in Surrey, BC.

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