SIXTH MEDITATION. BURIAL AND RESURRECTION

Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into
Jesus Christ, were baptized into His death?

Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into
death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by
the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in
newness of life. — Rom. vi. 3, 4.

By my baptism I have been buried with
Thee, Lord Jesus, into the death of sin; and
from it I shall rise with Him into the life of
grace.
Just as Thou, Lord Jesus, didst go down
into death, and rise from it: so, in my bap-
tism, my old nature has gone down into
death, and my new nature in Thee has re-
vived. As Thy burial was the turning point
between Thy earthly and heavenly life — be-
tween Thy humiliation for our sins, and Thy
glorified life in the resurrection — so my
burial in baptism was the turning point be-
tween my spiritual death and spiritual life.
Then sin began to die, and then grace began
to live.
Before my baptism I had only the life of
nature, doomed to death; but after it I have
the Holy Ghost, who is the Lord, and Giver
of life. Now what has been born of the
flesh also begins to be born of the Spirit.
“Buried with him in baptism, WHEREIN
also ye ARE RISEN with Him through the
faith of the operation of God, who hath raised
Him from the dead.” (Col. ii. 12.)
“We conclude, therefore, that we are bap-
tized into the mortification of the flesh, which
commences in us at baptism, which we are
to pursue from day to day, and which will
be perfected when we pass out of this
life.” (Calvin).
“To be baptized into Christ’s death, is to
be made the partakers of all the benefits of
His death, just as if we ourselves had died;
and also to die unto sin, or to mortify the
lusts of the flesh by virtue of His death, and
with Him, be raised to a new life; for God
promises to us, and binds us to this mortifi-
cation of the old man in our baptism.” (Ursinus).

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