Dying to All Other Allegiances of this World or this Present Evil Age
Jesus said “ The Kingdom of God is at hand” and “The Kingdom of God is within you”
If we were living in The First Century and were baptized, this is what we were saying through that dramatic act:
I am a citizen of this World
I am addicted to the allure things of this world. But here I am. I am about to die. And the person I am now will soon cease to exist for I am willfully choosing to follow Jesus.
This does not mean that I am going to change and give up my associations and bad habits through my own efforts or strength but I am fully trusting in Christ and His promise of the more than abundant life.
John 10:10 KJV
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
What I am saying is that from the Father’s perspective the man or woman that I am is going to die with Christ.
I also believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah the Divine Son of God.
I believe He died for the sins of the world and for my sins and I believe that He rose rose again from the dead.
I believe He ascended into heaven, and He is now the Lord or King of the known and unknown Universe.
So then through this baptism I publicly declare that I am finished with this old world and it’s deceitful ways.
Take me out to the graveyard and bury me along with all of my allegiances and associations. Yes! Bury them all with my old man.
Then I will rise out of the water as
A new creation
I now belong to a new nation
I am alive to a new kingdom where Jesus Christ is King.
Once we emerged out of that watery grave we rose up a new creature! For we have in an instant been changed and translated from death to Newness of life.
Colossians 1:13-14 KJV
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
Out of the water emerges a new man who belongs to a new Nation of the people of God.
We are now a Kingdom Citizen of a new nation called ekklesia – the Church – which is the body of Christ. We are Ambassadors for Christ. A physical and visible embassy of the kingdom of heaven fully operational upon the earth.
Those who have repented, believed, and are baptized in the name of Jesus now belong to a new kingdom with a totally different and opposite set of values from the old world.
With Baptism their life as they knew it had ended.
They were as those who had risen again from the dead to walk in a new quality of life.
Romans 6:3-11 KJV
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.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The baptized person may still be involved in the political process, but politics no longer defines them. Nor does race or social status. They may still be involved in the educational system, but they are no longer influenced by it.
The baptized person’s allegiance is no longer to this world.
Revelation 3:5 KJV
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
This is how the early Christians understood Baptism.
For them baptism was a total and final ending and a new beginning.
A burial, for their past was gone, forgiven, and forgotten.
A resurrection in that they were now a new quality of man and a member of the body of Christ.
They were now part of a new Kingdom Race separate from the Human Race headed up and led by Christ Himself giving glory to the Father.