Sin, Death, Life and Holiness

Sin, Death, Life and Holiness.

”  are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.

For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.

We know that our old self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.”

We were baptised into death… That’s sort of an interesting concept.  This passage speaks not only of our humanity, and our eternity, but also about our spiritual life on this earthly plane..

Suppose that this death we are baptized into comes not as our earthly death.  This type of bodily death came before Christ, and came in the passing of time from the very beginning of all life.  Instead, this death speaks about the death we are to experience
while we are still here on earth.

THere is a duality of life and death, for not only are we here living our lives we speak of being BORN again, and BORN into a life of faith, for this we live, at the same time we experience death. We experience death not only in the physical sense, but in a very spiritual way we experience death in how our old selves are put away, or our old lives are things we either put away, or
through the grace of God are put away for us.

We grow in knowledge, and wisdom, grace and love.  It is through this love that we gain knowledge and wisdom, through which the
old self slowly quietly dies, so that there is then room for the new spirit to be born within.

Make no mistake, these things don’t usually happen over night, some of those are life long struggles and things we work on over long, long periods of time.  One of the things about living a life in Christ is that the longer we are there, the more the old self dies off and the true spirit is revealed, then more is revealed.

We become acutely aware of our failings and our human-ness.  It is precisely this humanness, this stain of original sin, this fallen nature we have as people that make some of those struggles life long.  It is not that we are bad people, or even bad Christians, or unfaithful, or unspiritual.  It is precisely that we are human, that we are given the graces of wisdom to know that we have failed.

We are given free will, and the ability to reason, that allows us to see that we have all fallen, at some point, and it is precisely this grace, that allows us not only to grow in our faith, and in our spiritual lives, but that we have the capacity for forgiveness, for compassion, for mercy, for love.

It is through these graces, that we are called to a life of discipleship, to serve our fellow man, to bring the love of Christ, and His mercy to everyone through the example of our lives.  Through works of mercy.  Through how it is that we love.

The life of love is not an easy one.  It is also not optional.   It can be painful.  Love is painful at times.
How much more glorious is love, when the seeds you plant grow and bear fruit, and the seeds of that fruit are shared with others.
It is through a life of Love and service to others, that we put a “death” to our old selves, to sin, and gain a new life with God.
May God give you the gift of His peace !

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