New International Version
Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ 6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Saturday - January 15
You have died! Didn’t you know that is what the Holy Spirit does to you in baptism? He kills you! The Holy Spirit speaks to you through a human (usually a pastor) and takes you under the waters of baptism to put your old, sinful self to death! Now, you have already risen with Christ. “But why do I still have a body that dies?” you might say. Your resurrection is in Christ! Your resurrection is HIS resurrection. It is received by faith! In Christ, death is merely a passage. In Christ, your death will be like a baby leaving the womb. You have absolutely no idea what life lies ahead! It is hidden in Jesus Christ.