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The Power to Change

Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.

Eternal life. Jesus offers us, promises us, eternal life. He died to give us eternal life. Much of our talk of eternal life focuses on the future. We tend to think of eternal life as beginning when we die or at the resurrection in the last day. The Bible talks this way as well. But it also talks about eternal life, or resurrection life, as a power operating in us right here and now.

That’s the emphasis of what Paul is talking about in Colossians 2.12. He is talking to Christians, and he reminds them of what their baptism means for them (Just like in other countries today, in the early church the first step of following Jesus was baptism, so baptism was a way of talking about conversion). Their baptism reminds them that belonging to Jesus means that we have already died, and we have already been raised to new life. In other words, in conversion to Jesus, we die to our old way of living, we die to patterns of sin, we die to insecurities, we die to old thought patterns based on lies, we die to living for idols. But we’re not just dead; we are right now alive. We are also raised right now. We have already experienced the power of God, changing our hearts, and making us alive to him, to obedience, to truth, to love, to security, to sacrificial living.

What is God calling you to change today? In what way is he calling you to look more like Jesus?  He is calling you to change, because he has raised you from the deadly life of sin. He has given you his Spirit, who raised Jesus from the dead. He has given you the power to change by death and resurrection. How will you walk in newness of life today? How will you live out eternal life today?

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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