Rhapsody of Realities Audio August 21 2023 By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (Christ Embassy)
Theme: Being Baptized Into Christ
Today’s devotional explains the concept of being baptized into Christ, referencing Colossians 1:27 to underline the mystery of Christ in believers as the hope of glory. It highlights that coming to Christ or receiving eternal life leads to being baptized into Christ, resulting in a new creation. This process is likened to being born again. The devotional also discusses the two-part experience mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:13 and addresses cases where believers might receive the Holy Spirit immediately upon being born again or after a waiting period. It concludes by emphasizing the distinction between “being in Christ” and “Christ in you,” citing relevant scriptures.
- Today’s devotional discusses the concept of being baptized into Christ, drawing from Colossians 1:27 to emphasize the mystery of Christ in believers, which is the hope of glory.
- It highlights that when a person comes to Christ or receives eternal life, they are baptized into Christ, making them a new creation, as described in 2 Corinthians 5:17.
- The devotional explains that being in Christ or being born into Christ signifies being recreated and becoming a new person in Christ. This experience involves being born again.
- It discusses the two-part experience mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:13: being baptized into one body by the Holy Spirit and being made to drink into one Spirit.
- The devotional mentions that while some individuals receive the Holy Spirit immediately upon being born again, others might experience a waiting period due to a lack of knowledge about the Holy Spirit’s ministry, referencing Acts 19.
- It points out that the Apostle Paul himself received Christ on the road to Damascus but received the Holy Spirit after three days, as described in Acts 9:9-11, 17.
- The devotional emphasizes that being born again involves being baptized into the Holy Spirit, Christ, and God, and distinguishes between being “in Christ” and having “Christ in you,” citing 1 John 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:17, and Colossians 1:27.
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