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When we were baptized into Christ, a great change took place.
A. Some of this change was a direct result of God working on our sin
1. God performed an operation upon our souls....
He circumcised us.
a. Not a physical circumcision, but a spiritual one.....a circumcision
heart and soul.
2. When this operation was performed, we were changed in multiple
a. We became members of the Family of God.....we are now children of
b. We were taken from the kingdom of darkness and placed in the
Kingdom of Light.
c. Our attitudes changed from one of fear and despair to one of hope
d. We were no longer destined for destruction but we were placed on
path of salvation.
Many things took place in the waters of baptism.
1. In truth.....we died and came back to life!!!
Read: Romans 6:6-13
It is quite apparent that the change that takes place is through the
power of God........BUT.....it is also apparent that God expects some
changes to be made by the one being converted.
A. Converted means to change for the better.....an improvement.....a
change that can used to benefit others, as well as self.
An electrical “transformer” converts or transforms an electrical
voltage to a higher
or lower voltage, as may be needed......its product benefits those
A power converter (inverter) can be plugged into our cigarette lighter
and it will change 12 volts, D.C. to 120 volts, A.C........in other
words, it gives us the capability of plugging many household
appliances into the converter (inverter) in our cars.
In every one of these examples, a change MUST TAKE PLACE FOR THEM TO
BE USEFUL. If that change does not take place, they are useless to the
A. It can be said that for us to be useful and functioning in the
Kingdom of God.....as a part of the Family of God............A CHANGE
MUST TAKE PLACE!
1. But how much of a change is expected, by God?
What takes place at baptism?........We essentially die, and then come
back to life as a Child of God.
The scriptures explain the change that takes place from death to life
far better than anyone else could.
I Cor. 15:35-38 “But some man will say, How are the dead raised up?
and with what body do they come? 36Thou fool, that which thou sowest
is not quickened, except it die: 37And that which thou sowest, thou
sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of
wheat, or of some other grain: 38But God giveth it a body as it hath
pleased him, and to every seed his own body.”
1. In this illustration we see the death and life of a seed.
a. Corn seeds are so completely different from a fresh corn stalk that
there could be
God’s Word goes on to compare a fleshly body with the body that will
be created when Christ returns.
1 Cor. 15:42 – 49 “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown
in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43It is sown in dishonour;
it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a
natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45And so it is written,
The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a
quickening spirit. 46Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual,
but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord
from heaven. 48As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy:
and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.”
2. Again, we see the total and absolute change that comes about from
death to life.
a. It’s not a little change......it’s not a temporary change.....it’s
not a hidden
If we were changed at the time of our baptism, the change should
follow the same direction as these changes.
A. It should be complete, total, all encompassing, real, and combined
with the power of God and the will of our hearts and souls.
1. Our change should be as total and complete as the grain of corn to
the green shoot of corn.....as our fleshly body to the eternal and
B. It should be a visible change.
1. Many things will change inside.....in our hearts, but the fruit of
that change should be seen.
a. By us and by those who witness this transformed life.
How much do we need to change? Have we really changed.....or are we
Is the change that we have experienced still working in us or have we
changed back to who we were to begin with?
You be the judge.
I. Christians need to overcome the control of
sin in their lives!
Before they were changed by baptism, sin ruled in their
lives......they gave in to the urges, temptations, desires, and lusts
of satan......they lived to satisfy their own desires.
Rom. 6:16-18 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants
to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto
death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17But God be thanked, that
ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that
form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18Being then made free from
sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”
A. In the life of a born again child of God......sin should be the
occasional exception.........NOT THE NORM OF EVERYDAY LIFE.
1. Christians have changed from the old patterns that they were
following when they were slaves to satan and to themselves.
IN WHAT WAY HAVE YOU CHANGED ?
II. When the changed happened within, it
would have been displayed without.......in other words, there should,
by cause and effect, be a visible fruit of that change within.
A. This fruit of conversion will manifest itself in some visible ways.
1. Our working as hard for the Kingdom of God as we worked for evil in
the kingdom of darkness.
2. Our attitude towards God and towards our fellow man.
3. Our hearts easily touched and moved by the working of the Holy
Spirit in our lives.
4. Our readiness to sacrifice.....even the hardest things to
sacrifice....even life, itself (if necessary).
5. Including God in every aspect of our lives.......praying to Him and
listening for Him in everything that we do.
III. Our minds have been
transformed....changed. Before we died to sin, our minds took whatever
path they might wish to take.......NOW......our minds are set on a
course....a path....a direction that is controlled by the “New Man”.
Romans 8:5 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of
the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the
II Cor. 10:5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that
exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into
captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
A. Our minds should have changed.....they are now on a new
direction.....under new control.
1. Now that we are of the Spirit.....we think on spiritual
things......we consider the Spirit in all of our decisions.
IV. Our hopes, our trust, our confidence has
changed since we have died and come back to life.
A. We used to place all our hopes, trust, and confidence in that which
we could see or know....our trust was in our powers and abilities.
1. Financially - We trusted in our earning power, our bank accounts,
our credit history, or in fate or blind luck.
2. Physically - We trusted in our own muscles....our ability to
perform.....vitamins, exercise, doctors, medicine, etc.,
3. Spiritually - We trusted in the NON-EXISTANCE OF GOD, HEAVEN, HELL,
AND THE CONSEQUENCES TO OUR ACTIONS.
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor
angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things
to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be
able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our
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