This post originally appeared on the Refresh Blog. Click at the bottom to read the whole post. It was also inspired by a message called: The Naked Gospel, by Andrew Farley...
Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life. For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].
I don’t think I’ve given my old, earthly self a proper burial. I haven’t realized I am no longer bound to Adam, but now bound to Christ.
If we are in Christ, we have an actual death, burial and resurrection. I’ve heard this all my life, but now it makes sense. I really died. And for all these years after my own death and resurrection, my new self has been carrying around my old, dead self like a safety blanket. I wanted to keep it close in case of emergency, in case I needed to pull up past offenses and throw them in someone’s face to defend the hurt and pain I kept holding on to.
When I was resurrected, the dust from Adam shaken from me, and the old self bound by rules lying in the grave, I looked back and couldn’t help but pull that old self out of the grave with me and let my old identity remain close. That old self that knew how to hold onto anger, resentment and pain weighed me down and kept me from my eternally bound purpose: to love God and others without fail and without fear.