Baptism: Being Crucified with Christ…
Through our Baptism, we are crucified with Christ and can overcome our sinful ways:
Now those who belong to Christ (Jesus) have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit. –Galatians 5:24-25, NAB
This verse builds on similar ones, such as earlier in Galatians when St. Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:19, NAB).” We discussed that verse earlier (click here). Or, in Romans 6: 3-4, he states:
Or 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. -Romans 6:3-4, NAB
So obviously, St. Paul is not talking about actually being crucified like Christ, but our souls should go through a transformation when we accept Christ into our lives. Our old self, our passions, our desires will pass away, and we will be given a new life in Christ.
After our Baptisms, we are crucified with Christ and belong to Him from that moment on. We receive the Holy Spirit by being washed of our sins, including the stains of Original Sin. No longer in bondage to our sinful nature, the doors to a better life will open up before us.
Have you been baptized? Do you belong to Jesus? If you haven’t been, let the waters of Baptism free you and open up the door to a whole new world.