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August 15, 2020
282. Week of Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity - Monday
Baptism - Buried with Christ
          Therefore we are buried with Him by Baptism into death, that, as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.   Romans 6:4
          Through Baptism we Christians are made partakers of Christ, and of all the salvation which He has procured for us. "As many of you as have been baptised into Christ have put on Christ." (Gal. 3:27) Christ died and was buried for our sins as our Substitute. We are made partakers of this through Baptism: we are dead and buried to our sin, so that it can neither damn nor control us. "Therefore we are buried with Him by Baptism into death." Christ, our Substitute, was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, and now lives a new life, free from the burden of our sin. This, too, we are made partakers of through Baptism: we have a new life, free from the burden of our sin. "Even so we also should walk in newness of life." What does this mean? It means that the old Adam in us, the sinful depravity which we have inherited from Adam, and in which we are born, should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts. Daily we Christians should repent of the sin which clings to us, and pray God to forgive it for Christ's sake. That kills the power of sin. And, again, a new man should daily come forth and arise, who shall live before God in righteousness and purity. Such a new man, a new spiritual being and life, is in us Christians through the grace of Baptism which we have received. This new man should arise within us daily to a godly life and conversation. And this new man shall live forever, in eternal glory, freed entirely from the old Adam. This is what our Baptism should signify to us Christians.
          PRAYER: - Lord, my God, who out of great mercy, through the washing of regeneration, made me a partaker both of the death and of the life of my Saviour, I pray You to bestow upon me the power of Your Holy Spirit, that I may daily die to sin, but live to You and serve You until in the life to come I shall be wholly renewed and in perfect bliss. Amen.

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August 15, 2020